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Valpo LCWS Valpo students can study & intern in Washington, DC at the Lutheran College Washington Semester.

Valpo students can study in the fall, spring, or summer in Washington, DC at the Lutheran College Washington Semester. Students participate in a 4 day a week internship and take two LCWS classes. LCWS will help you find a fall/spring internship, and you earn 15 Valpo credit hours for the semester.

Valparaiso University students! This could be YOU. Email Dr. James Old  (James.old [at] Valpo.edu) to find out more.
10/27/2017

Valparaiso University students! This could be YOU. Email Dr. James Old (James.old [at] Valpo.edu) to find out more.

LCWS STUDENT SPOTLIGHT
Student: Rachel Lopez, California Lutheran University
Internship: U.S. Department of State

"My internship at the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Diplomatic Security, Personnel Security and Suitability Office, allows me to work with different teams that handle, approve, reject, or revalidate security clearances. I wanted to intern with the State Department to get my foot in the door with a Federal government agency; to gain knowledge from experienced employees; and to experience, first-hand, what happens behind the scenes as a government employee. My daily work primarily includes data entry, with the occasional excitement of seeing a popular political figure. Over the course of the semester, I have learned that I definitely want to be out in the field in any career that I pursue after graduation. However, through my internship, I have enjoyed attending lectures and speaker series, touring other bureaus as a government employee with a high security clearance, bonding with the other interns and full-time staff in my office, and eating the amazing food at the State Department headquarters food court." #LCWSfa17

Dr. Todd Peppers, one of the authors of this book, is Roanoke's Lutheran College Washington Semester (LCWS) campus rep! ...
09/11/2017
Marie Deans, 'courageous fool' of death row

Dr. Todd Peppers, one of the authors of this book, is Roanoke's Lutheran College Washington Semester (LCWS) campus rep! Our campus reps are on fire this week.

Biography pulls from undeserved obscurity an activist "too stubborn or foolish to abandon the fight ... especially when it came to the lives of the men on death row."

Lutheran College Washington Semester (LCWS)
08/30/2017
Lutheran College Washington Semester (LCWS)

Lutheran College Washington Semester (LCWS)

Attention LCWS Alumni! Please join us at The National Press Club on Wednesday, October 25, for an evening of good food and great company as we bring current students, alumni, faculty, and staff (past and present!) together to celebrate the launch of the LCWS Alumni Network! Please RSVP at the link below.

Valparaiso University students: you could have a phenomenal professional internship like this one - talk to Dr. Amy Atch...
04/28/2017

Valparaiso University students: you could have a phenomenal professional internship like this one - talk to Dr. Amy Atchison if you want to apply! amy.atchison(at)Valpo.edu

LCWS STUDENT SPOTLIGHT
Student: Princess Diaz, Roanoke College
Internship: American Bar Association

"This semester, I had the pleasure of interning with the Civil Rights & Social Justice Division of the American Bar Association (ABA). I pursued an internship with the ABA because I wanted to gain hands on, legal experience to determine if I want to pursue law school in the future. I’ve learned more than I could have ever imagined during my time at the ABA. Over the course of the semester, I worked to grow the organization’s social media audience; summarized cases that had been decided at the Supreme Court; and worked closely with some of the committees within the Division to conduct research for their ongoing legal projects. Without my internship, and my semester-long experience in DC, I would not have been able to explore the career of my dreams!" #LCWSsp17 #tbt

Valparaiso University students, this could be YOU! Contact Dr. Amy Atchison for info on Lutheran College Washington Seme...
04/20/2017

Valparaiso University students, this could be YOU! Contact Dr. Amy Atchison for info on Lutheran College Washington Semester (LCWS).

LCWS STUDENT SPOTLIGHT
Student: Meredith Hood, Wittenberg University
Internship: Ethiopian Community Development Council, Inc.

"The Ethiopian Community Development Council (ECDC) was founded in 1983 when a group of Ethiopian-Americans banded together to find a better way to integrate into their new communities. Since then, ECDC has resettled more than 25,000 refugees in America from across the globe. As a case management intern for ECDC this semester, I am responsible for providing newly arrived refugees and those with special immigration status with core reception and placement services. We begin our journey together by greeting and picking these families up from Reagan National Airport the first time they step foot onto U.S soil. After their arrival, we stay with them until they feel self-sufficient, comfortable, confident, and empowered in their new home. ECDC has truly given me the experience of a lifetime, as I have had the privilege of meeting hundreds of families and extending a helping hand to the newest, most vulnerable members of our community." #LCWSsp17

Valparaiso University students: this could be YOU! Email Dr. Amy Atchison for more information about the Washington Seme...
04/18/2017

Valparaiso University students: this could be YOU! Email Dr. Amy Atchison for more information about the Washington Semester.

LCWS STUDENT SPOTLIGHT
Student: Kat Winkler, Susquehanna University
Internship: International Language Institute in DC (ILI)

"This semester, I am interning at the International Language Institute. My primary responsibility is to correspond with people around the globe about immigration procedures for the United States. In addition, I devise monthly activity plans, manage social media accounts, and assist with the day-to-day workings of the Institute. What I love most about my work is that I get to interact with young people from all over the world on a daily basis. It has been a great learning experience, and my work with the Institute this semester has helped clarify my long-term career plans." #LCWSsp17

This could be YOU, Valparaiso University students! Contact Dr. Amy Atchison for info
04/07/2017

This could be YOU, Valparaiso University students! Contact Dr. Amy Atchison for info

LCWS STUDENT SPOTLIGHT
Student: Diana Kamili, Roanoke College
Internship: Children's Defense Fund

"I chose to intern at the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) because I am passionate about child advocacy. CDF’s Leave No Child Behind mission aligns closely with my own commitment to ensuring a level playing field for all children. On a daily basis, I work closely with the CDF Freedom Schools initiative, which provides summer and after-school reading enrichment programs for children in an effort to close achievement gaps. Coming from Rwanda, which is a developing country that still struggles with health and education for children, my internship with CDF has provided me with relevant knowledge and experience that I can take home with me to bring change to my country and ensure that every child has the opportunity to reach their full potential."

Lutheran College Washington Semester (LCWS)
11/10/2016
Lutheran College Washington Semester (LCWS)

Lutheran College Washington Semester (LCWS)

A great reflection from our Roanoke College students about their experiences in D.C. leading up to the election. #LCWSfa16

Lutheran College Washington Semester (LCWS)
09/29/2016

Lutheran College Washington Semester (LCWS)

Our #LCWSfa16 students spent the morning with Sec. John Kerry, Rep. Paul Ryan, and others at The Atlantic's #ideasforum! #nbd

So proud of Makayla! #LCWSFall16
09/27/2016

So proud of Makayla! #LCWSFall16

Makayla DePoy of Valparaiso University is a 2016 McManus Washington Intern Scholarship winner. She is in Washington now interning with the Steinbruck Center supporting their social programs around poverty and inequality.

Lutheran College Washington Semester (LCWS)
09/09/2016

Lutheran College Washington Semester (LCWS)

We're 24-hours out from the start of move-in weekend! We can't wait to welcome our #LCWSfa16 students to their new home for the semester!!

09/09/2016

Wishing our Lutheran College Washington Semester (LCWS) safe travels & wishing our staff a smooth move-in weekend!

The LCWS semester is almost upon us!!
08/31/2016

The LCWS semester is almost upon us!!

It's beginning to look a lot like.....the start of a new semester at #LCWS! We can't wait to meet our #LCWSfa16 students!

Lutheran College Washington Semester (LCWS) students - this is a great opportunity to see the latest addition to the Smi...
08/28/2016
NBC Washington

Lutheran College Washington Semester (LCWS) students - this is a great opportunity to see the latest addition to the Smithsonian family!

Hoping to visit the Smithsonian's new African-American history museum on the National Mall? Reserve a pass now. http://nbc4dc.com/s6sU98i

08/16/2016

Our FA2016 LCWS students get a little more breathing room than those of us staying on campus - they don't have to be in DC until 8/10!

The CAPS fellows are making the most out of their summer in DC!
06/12/2016

The CAPS fellows are making the most out of their summer in DC!

You never know who you might run into while in DC!

LCWS Sp16 pictures!
05/04/2016

LCWS Sp16 pictures!

A collection of photos from the Spring 2016 semester.

Lutheran College Washington Semester (LCWS)
04/22/2016

Lutheran College Washington Semester (LCWS)

Wishing all of our #LCWSsp16 students safe travels as they head home this weekend! Thank you for a wonderful semester!

AAUW
04/21/2016
AAUW

AAUW

ICYMI: We're closing the gender pay gap, one workshop at a time.

LCWS last day #traditionExcited to see you guys (at least at graduation!)
04/20/2016

LCWS last day #tradition
Excited to see you guys (at least at graduation!)

Last day together

Our DC students really do cool work!
04/14/2016

Our DC students really do cool work!

It's so rewarding to see your work come to fruition. Jubilee USA (where I intern) is part of the Financial Accountability and Corporate Transparency (FACT) Coalition, and the past three days we have been holding a lobbying event. Last night we held a reception for all the participants. I had the privilege of hearing Senator Whitehouse speak on the bill he introduced that would require the disclosure of shell corporation beneficial owners. This bill, and it's corresponding house legislation is what our lobbyists, which include faith leaders and small business owners from across the country, are speaking to their representatives and senators about. Such a cool way to culminate my time here!

Awesome outing on what looks like a beautiful spring day in DC!
04/14/2016

Awesome outing on what looks like a beautiful spring day in DC!

Got a killer selfie on the patio of the Newseum. Which was fantastic and every person should go at least once.

I see two Valparaiso University LCWS students in the crowd!
04/11/2016

I see two Valparaiso University LCWS students in the crowd!

Tonight, we're seeing Jersey Boys at The National Theatre! #LCWSsp16 #LCWS

Our DC students get some amazing opportunities!
04/08/2016

Our DC students get some amazing opportunities!

Today I had the privilege of hearing former Secretary of State Madeline Albright speak on Religion, Peace and World Affairs at Georgetown University. One thing she said that really stuck out to me is that she doesn't like the word tolerance. To her, tolerance indicates putting up with something. Rather than teach tolerance, we should teach respect in regards to other religions.

This looks like a great event - hopefully  some of our DC students can make it!
04/06/2016
Supporting Peace Through Art in Pakistan

This looks like a great event - hopefully some of our DC students can make it!

The terrorist attacks that regularly dominate news coverage of Pakistan have overshadowed deeper trends that constrain the space for political, social and religious diversity within the country. How can the arts and music bridge divisions and contribute to peacebuilding in Pakistan? The U.S. Institu…

Valpo LCWS
03/31/2016

Valpo LCWS

Kathryn
03/28/2016

Kathryn

I love the community service requirement of the LCWS program. It's a great way to explore the community and get to know more of our neighbors here. This weekend we put on an Easter carnival for the kids in our apartment complex. With a little assistance from YouTube I was able to become a "semi-professional" balloon artist.

National Park Foundation
03/20/2016
National Park Foundation

National Park Foundation

The Cherry Blossom Festival should be on your #NationalPark bucket list! Here’s our guide for making the most of it:

#FindYourPark #EncuentraTuParque

Sometimes you do crazy things when you're interning in DC!
03/11/2016

Sometimes you do crazy things when you're interning in DC!

So it's been a crazy couple weeks. Generation progress where I work has been organizing efforts in trying to get senators to do their jobs and stop hindering the process to get a new Supreme Court Justice. This is my life.

Never a dull moment in DC!
02/15/2016

Never a dull moment in DC!

DC is the coolest. Today we went to the Chinese New Year celebration! I was also stoked to be able to get my youngest brother a few small gifts as he prepares to spend a year in Taiwan as a Rotary exchange student!

And there's Valpo's own Sara Booth in the LCWS pic!
02/10/2016

And there's Valpo's own Sara Booth in the LCWS pic!

This morning, we attended a panel discussion about criminal justice reform at The Washington Post. Featured speakers included: Valerie Jarrett (Senior Advisor to President Obama), Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah), Secretary of Corrections John E. Wetzel (Pennsylvania), and Bernard B. Kerik (Founder, ACCJR.org; Former NYC Police & Correction Commissioner) #LCWSsp16

Our Valpo LCWS students get to do the coolest things!
02/10/2016

Our Valpo LCWS students get to do the coolest things!

Attended "The Case for Criminal Justice Reform" with guests Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to Pres. Obama, and Senator Mike Lee of Utah.

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