Journalism major Tyler Deffebach ’15 is rounding out his senior year with some exciting hands-on experience: He is interning at the Institute of World Politics as part of Emerson’s Washington, DC, Program, which connects juniors and seniors to countless high-quality internships related to journalism, marketing, communication, and politics.
“DC has been a fantastic city to spend my semester…because I know that eventually my career will take me back here at some point,” said Deffebach, of Portland, Oregon. “I think this experience will play a tremendous role in laying a foundation for potential career opportunities.”
Tyler Deffebach '15 pictured recently at the Pentagon. (Courtesy Photo)
The program requires students to participate in an 8-credit internship. Students have recently interned at The Library of Congress, The White House, Washington Post, USA Today, Amnesty International, Save the Children, Smithsonian Associates, ABC News, and Interpol, among other organizations.
Emerson students reside and gain academic experience at The Washington Center, which offers academic courses that are taken over the semester and helps students find an internship that suits them best.
At the Institute of World Politics, a graduate school for both civilian and military personnel, Deffebach says his favorite part of his internship is “just interacting with the IWP staff.”
“I work alongside former and current intelligence officers, military officials, and National Security Council staff personnel,” he said. “The insights I have gained from speaking with these people who are actively involved in their fields—both on a professional and personal level—have greatly enhanced the skills I am developing in a way that will hopefully lead to some new opportunities.”
The application deadline for the Fall 2015 program is April 1, 2015. Visit the DC Program website for more information.