BETHANY, W.Va. — Many Bethany College students are taking steps to improve their chance of obtaining a job after college, by participating in the Washington Center Internship Program and spending a semester in Washington, D.C. interning at an institution whose work is of interest to the student.

These are professional working internships and are 40 hours a week. In addition, students take evening classes taught by real world professionals.

Just being in the nation's capitol exposes them to so many other things such as career opportunities...they become cosmopolitan and more learned about the larger world...they see students there working who just a few years before were in their position as students,” said Dr. Clinton Maffett, Chair of the History and Political Science Department and Bethany’s liaison to the Washington Center.

Over 70 percent of those have returned to D.C. for professional employment in their field of study. Students have had the opportunity to work with institutions such as the Department of State, the US Congress, the White House, Amnesty International, CNN and FOX news, the Department of Energy, the Middle East Institute and many more in a variety of policy areas. All the while, living in and embracing the unique characteristics of Washington.

“By doing an internship in Washington, students get an early taste of what life after school is like,” remarked Maffett.

“While in Washington I learned so much, I was able to take what I learned in the classroom and apply it to a real working experience. I was never bored,” said Jennifer Braum, a 2006 Washington Center Alum.

The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars is an independent, nonprofit organization serving hundreds of colleges and universities in the United States and other countries by providing selected students challenging opportunities to work and learn in Washington, D.C. for academic credit.