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Student Stories

Hear directly from our Study in D.C. students

Terelle Robinson

Terelle Robinson '17

“There is no summer program that does it like W&M DCSI. It was one of the best summers of my life and DCSI has a very special place in my heart. I'm just thankful and grateful."

Nina Ranesas

Nina Raneses '22

“Living and working in D.C. has prepared me so well for my post-grad plans, and though I've loved this city since I was a child I have a newfound appreciation for all that D.C. has to offer me, especially now. DCSI has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my college career, and I will cherish the experiences, friendships and memories I've made forever.”

Mariana Eraña Salmerón

Mariana Eraña Salmerón '19

“Studying in DC is so worth it. It is so worth it. It is the best compliment to your academic education that you can get while at W&M. It's just a gem. I don't think that there are many other places that are doing this, where their entire job is to help you navigate the professional world, to help you find your passions and pursue them and make an impact in the world.”

Annelise Yackow

Annelise Yackow '18

"By donating to the Washington Center, you help students get jobs. That is for sure. If I hadn’t had this scholarship or internship I don't think I would be where I am now, working for the DOJ."

Alden Di Dio

Alden Di Dio '22

“Into the summer, I got close with every classmate in my Institute. Those people are now my best friends and I see them every day on campus. My internship, while it wasn’t what I expected, I gained so many connections and opportunities. Because of my internship this past summer, I am now a participant in the Charles Koch Institute’s Koch Internship Program. The friends I made and the opportunities I was given were life changing.”

Emmel El-Fiky

Emmel El-Fiky '19

“Any donation, whatever amount, is appreciated. Any donation will help a student participating in these programs do one more thing than they would have been able to without it. Every opportunity that we have is valuable no matter how small. Even if you think it won't go far, your donation will touch somebodies life in a way that you can't even comprehend. They can turn this opportunity into a career path that could turn into some greater venture that you have no idea about just yet.”

Laini Boyd

Laini Boyd '18

“I recommend the Washington Center to every W&M student. There is an opportunity for everyone, regardless of their interest, and the staff members provide students with skills to prepare for future careers. I returned to Study in DC because of the unique experience to live in the city, learn from distinguished W&M professors, network with professionals and be supported by a staff dedicated to my success now and after graduation.”

Yasmin Abusaif

Yasmin Abusaif '19

"The DC semester program is unique in that it gave me the experience of first-hand work experience and the five-star education William & Mary is known for. Enabling students to be part of this program allows us to have those experiences and build those relationships that will last forever."