On the Road: The GC Goes to DC

Patrick Boland ’09, deputy chief of staff and communications director for Congressman Andrew Schiff, offered students an in-depth look at life on the Hill during a site visit in the Congressman’s office in the Rayburn House Office Building. 
The Goldfarb Center and Career Center recently flew 21 students to Washington, D.C., to explore career opportunities, network with alumni and parents, and engage with experts on issues related to the 2016 election.
Components of the three-day trip, offered in partnership with the Office of Engagement and Annual Philanthropy and the Environmental Studies Program, included site visits with alumni and parents at various organizations and government agencies, a networking reception with the Colby Club of Washington, D.C., a mock interview session, and a tour of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum followed by an alumni and student networking brunch.
Students engaged in a lively discussion on environmental policy with Damon Moglen P’18, who serves as a senior strategic advisor for the environmental advocacy group Friends of the Earth.
Over the course of the trip, students interacted with more than 50 alumni and parents working in their chosen fields. “The program enabled me to connect with those in the human rights community in Washington that I hope to work closely with one day to improve U.S. policy in Latin America,” said Greg Morano ’17, who double-majors in government and Latin American studies. “The trip is valuable for any student interested in the world of policy and is a great beginning step to make D.C. connections.”
Building on last year’s inaugural trip, the 2017 program expanded the number of students who participated from 14 to 21 and the number of trip days from two to three. Also new was a partnership with the Environmental Studies Program, which sponsored four students to participate and attend site visits and policy talks at environmental organizations such as Earth & Water Group and Friends of the Earth.