Michael Harder (Political Science, Class of 2017) sent the following update on his internship at The Washington Center in Spring 2017:
The Washington Center program comprises an internship, an academic seminar, and a LEAD colloquium, all in the heart of Washington, D.C. The program has been both intellectually demanding and remarkably rewarding. My internship as an analyst with Izar Capital Group, a merchant bank located one block north of the White House, has called upon the financial and political knowledge obtained inside UT classrooms. I am also enrolled in an academic seminar titled “The Anatomy of Entrepreneurship” in which I am creating a business with other young professionals from around the world. In addition, The Washington Center has provided a large and diverse group of guest speakers and workshops in order to maximize the networking effect so prevalent in Washington, D.C. Ultimately, The Washington Center has established a bridge between academic knowledge and real-world application of such knowledge.