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DC Semester Q and A

Raleigh Conerly
Fall 2016

The Washington Semester Program is one of the best decisions I could have ever made during my time at UGA. I grew not only as a person, but as a professional. The experiences available to you in DC are experiences that are not available anywhere else and I truly believe this program gives UGA students a leg up on students at other universities.

Brief bio:

Originally from Carrollton, GA. Attended the University of Georgia from 2014-2017, graduating with degrees in Political Science and International Affairs. Passionate about international development, politics, and vegan chicken nuggets.

Expected graduation:

May 2017

Degree objective:

Political Science and International Affairs

Why I went:

I always wanted to work for the federal government and DC is obviously the place to be. My internship with the Office of the US Trade Representative gave me experiences that I literally could not have had anywhere else.

Favorite spot to visit:

Rooftop of the W Hotel right in downtown—one night, I saw Marine One land on the lawn at the White House.

Most memorable day:

During the African Growth and Opportunity Act conference, I got to sit in on a panel of top African leaders and American Government Officials. Meeting people like Amina Mohamed and Ambassador Michael Froman was an experience I will never forget.

Why I'm glad I went:

The experiences and lessons I learned in DC have been paramount to my time at Georgia. I do not think I would be as marketable a candidate if I had not interned in DC.

Where I interned:

U.S. Trade Representative

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