Matt D Duckworth
Without the Washington Semester Program, there is no way I would have been able to jump-start my career to where it is today. I feel extremely fortunate for the experience it provided me, and still use many of the lessons it taught me in my everyday life.
I grew up in Peachtree City, GA. I attended the University of Georgia beginning in 2004, and graduated with a degree in Political Science and Speech Communication in December of 2008. During my time at UGA, I served as the Director of the Freshman Forum Program, and attended the inaugural Washington Semester Program in the Spring of 2008, where I interned for former US Congressman John Linder (GA-7). Following graduation, I served as the Program Assistant for the Washington Semester Program, and interned in the US Senate. I moved directly from the Senate into the government relations firm, Quinn Gillespie and Associates, where I worked with various Fortune 500 financial services and insurance clients, supporting the management of the firm. In 2011, I was named the Executive Director of Prime Advocacy, a D.C.-based government relations firm. After 3 years at Prime Advocacy, I joined Hart Health Strategies as the Vice President of Government Relations.
Political Science & Speech Communication
Why I went:
I looked at my options going into my senior year, and realized that with a down economy and a looming unemployment rate, professional experience on Capitol Hill would be excellent experience that any entry-level employer would find valuable. I had always wanted to intern in DC, and the program made that dream possible.
Favorite spot to visit:
Capital Crescent Trail- Great bike ride from Georgetown to Bethesda, MD and back.
Most memorable day:
My first day in the Program, I visited the Washington Monument and rode the elevator to the top. Officially felt welcomed after that view.
Why I'm glad I went:
I got an inside look at Congress, and realized that I was in the right place. I also knew that there was more to DC than just Capitol Hill, and my interest in government affairs was really strengthened.