The Washington Center Internship Program

Fitchburg State University students have long participated in The Washington Center (TWC) Internship Program that allows them to gain valuable career building experiences to advance their studies and their long-term goals.

Not only do our students gain significant career-building skills and experiences in their internship placements, but TWC also provides an excellent environment with students from around the country and throughout the world who participate. TWC enables its interns to live in TWC's high quality housing where students, in addition to their weekly internships:

  • Take a course of their choice taught by Washington area university faculty;
  • Meet prominent policymakers, business leaders, and community officials;
  • Help a civic engagement project for a local organization or agency of their choice.

-- Students gain up to 12 Fitchburg State credit hours in summer TWC sessions and 15 credit hours during semester sessions. Credits usually go toward the student's major, but can also qualify for free electives.

-- Different types of financial support packages exist for students, inclusive of TWC and Fitchburg State scholarships when available and dependent on grade point average/residency.

-- Each student's combined TWC and Fitchburg State cost package depends on the individual student's financial situation. Such financial support has provided students with important ways to cover a good deal of their costs during TWC's program/internship.

Fitchburg State's TWC Coordinator: Dr. Joshua Spero, Professor of Political Science, works closely with each Fitchburg State student to advise about TWC and internships, hosts TWC representatives at our University for information sessions, guides throughout TWC's application process, and coordinates on TWC, as well as Fitchburg State scholarships. Dr. Spero's Office is in Miller Hall 306 and email: jspero@fitchburgstate.edu

Students arrange their individual TWC and Fitchburg State (credit hours/fees) financing directly with the University's Finance Office.

The following lists our Fitchburg State students, where they've interned, and their majors, as it provides an important overview of the exciting placements Fitchburg State students have experienced since 2001:


2017:

Ms. Jessica Amado, National Association of Attorneys General (Human Services Major)

Mr. Seth Godin, U.S. Marshals Service (Criminal Justice Major)

Mr. Stephen Lenane, National Association of Federally Impacted Schools (Education Major)

Ms. Yesica Miranda, Public Allies (Human Services Major)

Ms. Tiana Padgett, United Planning Organization (Criminal Justice Major)

Mr. Nathaniel Thomas, The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law (English Studies Major)

2016:

Mr. Malik Alfred, U.S. Department of Labor/Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (Criminal Justice Major)

Ms. Angela Borrero, The Center For Responsible Travel (Criminal Justice Major)

Ms. Abigail Kennefick, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (Political Science Major)

Ms. Dionne Joseph, RespectAbilityUSA/Maryland (Human Services Major)

Ms. Sahrah Marcellin, Department of Health and Human Services/Federal Occupational Health Agency (Human Services Major)

Ms. Yaritza Perez, Contigo International (Human Services Major)

Ms. Yerlina Santos, Serve DC/The District of Columbia Mayor’s Office on Volunteerism (Human Services Major)

Ms. Rose Thomas, Double R Productions/Washington (Communications Media/Theater Major)

Ms. Paola Veras, The American Democracy Project (Human Services Major)


2015:

Ms. Ashley Macdonald, Shared Hope International (Human Services Major)

Mr. Joseph Richardson, Same Day Process (Criminal Justice Major)

Ms. Alexandra Valdez, Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (Communications Media & Political Science)


2014:

Mr. Carmen Bordonaro, U.S. Department of State/Bureau of Diplomatic Security (Criminal Justice Major)

Ms. Shylah Maloney, DuBoff & Associates (Political Science Major)

Mr. Bruce Moschetti, United Planning Organization (Political Science Major)

Mr. Maximin Rocheleau, United States Marshal Service/Tactical Operations Division, Office of Crisis Services (Criminal Justice Major)

Mr. Jeffrey Thomas, Maryland Public Defenders (Criminal Justice Major)


2013:

Mr. Michael Curtis, Ocean Renewable Energy Coalition (Political Science Major)

Ms. Allyson Gnoza, For Love of Children (Education Major)

Mr. Christopher Humphrey, Jack Evans Washington DC Mayoral Campaign (Political Science Major)

Mr. Jared Lakin, Sirens Media Productions (Communications Media Major)

Mr. Kon Reevers, Washington, DC Attorney General’s Office (Political Science Major)


2012:

Ms. Megan Andrew, US Attorney General’s Office -- Civil Division (Criminal Justice Major)

Mr. Daniel Bolam, US Marshal Service (Criminal Justice Major)

Mr. David Chen, LTL Strategies (Political Science Major)

Ms. Bethany Jones, US Department of the Interior/Office of Emergency Management (Human Services Major)

Ms. Rachya Kayastha, US Food/Drug Administration (Biology Major)

Mr. Mark Millett, US Representative Michael Ross’s Office (History Major)

Ms. Alexandria Richard, US Department of Justice/Interpol (Criminal Justice Major)

Ms. Karen Skoczylas, US Department of Justice/Interpol (Criminal Justice Major)

Ms. Chantille Zaharee, The Peace Corps (Interdisciplinary Studies Major: International Studies, Political Science, and History)


2011:

Ms. Kathryn Antaya, Choice, Inc. (Criminal Justice Major)

Mr. Anthony Cornacchia, US Senator Richard Lugar’s Office (Political Science Major)

Ms. Ashley DeClaminck, The Peace Corps (History Major)

Ms. Amy Gonyea, US Marshals Service (Criminal Justice Major)

Ms. Teresa Rowan, Becky’s Fund (Criminal Justice Major)


2010:

Ms. Killian Casey, Naval Criminal Investigative Service (Criminal Justice Major)

Mr. Kevin Devlin, US Marshal Service (Criminal Justice Major)

Mr. Jacob Gage, US Department of Justice/Interpol (Criminal Justice Major)

Mr. Eric Gregoire, Akerman Senterfitt, LLP (Political Science Major)

Ms. Sara Chalifoux, US Department of Health and Human Services (Communications Media)

National Defense University/College of International Security Affairs (Political Science)


2009:

Mr. Daniel Dembkowski, US Department of Justice/Interpol (Criminal Justice Major)

Mr. Ralph Hogan, National Defense University/Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies (Political Science Major)

Ms. Lan Lieu, Offender Aid and Restoration (Political Science/Criminal Justice Double Major)

Ms. Danielle Rivers, The Campaign Company (TWC London) – (Political Science Major)


2008:

Ms. Vivian Bomatay, US Department of Homeland Security/US Citizenship and Immigration Services (Political Science Major)

Mr. Alexander King, Terrorism Research Center, LLC (Political Science Major)


2007:

Ms. Jessica Guiney, Terrorism Research Center (Political Science Major)

Ms. Amerlynn Porter, Robinson Law Firm (Criminal Justice Major)

Ms. Jenna Sardano, Montgomery County Office of the Public Defender (Criminal Justice Major)

Mr. Matthew Skinner, US Environmental Protection Agency/Clean Air Markets Division (Political Science Major)


2006:

Mr. Timothy Casey, National Committee on North Korea (Political Science Major)

Mr. Jason Cole, US Inter-American Development Bank/Executive Director’s Office (Political Science Major)

Ms. Danielle Corsino, Amnesty International (Political Science Major)

Ms. Natasha Lewis, US Attorney General/Child Protection Division (Political Science Major)

Ms. Ann Lyons, Constituency for Africa (Political Science Major)

Ms. Sevil Modeste, Offender Aid and Restoration of Arlington County (Criminal Justice Major)

Ms. Miranda Profit, BITS Financial Services Roundtable (Political Science and History Double Major)


2005:

Mr. Nathan Forest, Fleishman Hillard Government Relations (Political Science Major)

Ms. Wendy Lizotte, Montgomery County Office of the Public Defender (Criminal Justice Major)


2003:

Ms. Jessica Smith, Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (Political Science Major)


2002:

Ms. Stacy Cronin, The DC Office of the Corporation Counsel (Criminal Justice Major)

Ms. Anastasia Ludden, US Commission on Civil Rights (Political Science Major)

Mr. Mark Malboeuf, US Department of State/Office of Education & Cultural Affairs (Political Science and History Double Major)


2001:

Ms. Mary Gallant, National League of Women Voters (Political Science Major)

Ms. Karen Shatin, US Department of State/Office of International Visitors (Political Science Major)