Washington Program packed with opportunity

Author: Susan Guibert

Washington Program students Students pose for a photo at the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C.

For students participating in the University of Notre Dame’s Washington Program, the semester studying in our nation’s capital offers opportunities to combine coursework with internships in a range of areas, from Congress and advocacy groups to media and cultural institutions.

This semester, Notre Dame Washington Program students have visited the White House, the Capitol, the State Department, the Pentagon and the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), as part of their core seminar. Notre Dame’s President Emeritus, Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., served on the board of directors at USIP and a hall that houses the Institute’s Religion and Peacemaking Center was named after Father Hesburgh in 2010.

“Students have also met with Francis Rooney, former Ambassador to the Holy See, to discuss the papal conclave, and attended a briefing on human trafficking by Ambassador-at-Large Luis CdeBaca, who coordinates U.S. efforts to combat contemporary forms of slavery,” says Tom Kellenberg, executive director of the Washington Program.

“This semester, they also met privately with Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., then toured the Supreme Court building. Chief Justice Roberts spent 30 minutes answering student questions regarding the history, traditions and constitutional role of the Supreme Court.”