Working and learning in DC—virtually

Jordyn Rinehart hones her professional skills through the Wisconsin in Washington program

Equipped with laptops, webcams, and blazers, seven intrepid Badgers embarked on the first iteration of UW–Madison’s virtual Wisconsin in Washington study away program this fall. Instead of commuting on the DC Metro, students are virtually attending classes, meeting with alumni mentors, and interning for organizations based in Washington, DC.

The Wisconsin in Washington program supports students’ professional and academic growth by designing class work, guest lectures, and visits to major institutions that support and enrich the internship experiences. Students gain valuable professional skills and connections through their internships, which are matched to their unique academic and career goals. In addition, the program draws from the strong base of UW–Madison alumni in DC to pair students with mentors who offer personal insights and advice into navigating the job market after graduation.

Whether participating virtually or attending the program in-person, Washington, DC remains a political and cultural hub where thought leaders, policy makers, and organizations across sectors converge – providing opportunities for students for all majors and interests.

Jordyn Rinehart, a junior majoring in Political Science with a certificate in Criminal Justice, is participating in the virtual Wisconsin in Washington fall program. Hear why she chose this program and what a day in the life is like at her virtual internship with ROKK Solutions—a bipartisan public affairs firm that works with clients to design communications solutions aimed at influencing public policy and opinion.