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DC Semester Q and A

Nicholas D. Derajtys
Spring 2013

The Washington, DC Semester Program provided me with a much smoother transition between my school life and my current professional life.

Brief bio:

I grew up in Milton, GA and attended the University of Georgia for my undergraduate studies. After earning bachelor’s degrees in political science and international affairs, I enrolled in the University of Georgia’s Masters in Public Administration (MPA) program. I am currently a graduate student in this program while also working as campaign manager for Dr. Jody Hice’s congressional campaign.

Expected graduation:

May 2013

Degree objective:

B.A. Political Science, B.A. International Affairs

Why I went:

I chose UGA’s Washington Semester Program as a way to gain experience and develop marketable skills that I could use to apply to graduate schools and future jobs.

Favorite spot to visit:

My favorite spot in DC is Capitol Hill/the National Mall. Once you get past the sense of awe, having to live and work around Capitol Hill is an experience that makes you feel as if you are at the center of everything.

Most memorable day:

The most memorable day was the day that I started my internship with The Heritage Foundation. Meeting the staff and all of the other interns was a thrilling experience.

Why I'm glad I went:

My internship with Heritage gave me valuable real-world experience which allowed me to continue to follow my career plan and goals.

Where I interned:

Heritage Foundation

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