Students in the Hamilton College Program in Washington, D.C., recently got acquainted with Hamilton alumni at a “Welcome to the City” event hosted by the Washington, D.C., Alumni Association. The event was organized by the Alumni Association president Paddy McGuire ’81, deputy director for election official assistance at the Federal Voting Assistance Program in the Department of Defense.
The students also participated in a session with David Bell, director of career development at Hamilton, who helped them develop strategies for identifying and networking with Hamilton alumni and other professionals during their program in D.C.
Economics major Renxiang Wei ’15 commented that his participation in the DC program has “provided me with a brand new angle to look at both domestic and foreign issues. It's great to see and experience firsthand what we've learned in a classroom setting unfolding in our daily work," he said. “It’s delightful to be able to say, ‘Oh, I learned this before so I know what this lobbyist or my boss is talking about.’"
The Spring 2014 session of the Hamilton College Program in Washington is being directed by Associate Professor of Government Sharon Werning Rivera. The program is offered every semester and is designed to supplement classroom and campus work by giving students the opportunity to study first-hand the operations and programs of the federal government.