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DC Semester Q and A

Madison Kingery
Fall 2009

The DC Semester program challenged me personally, academically and professionally every day, those few months have shaped the beginnings of my life as a young professional.

Brief bio:

I am currently attending The College of Charleston as a graduate student in both the Master’s of Public Administration program and the Arts Management Graduate Certificate program while interning with DIG South, The Southeast’s Interactive Festival. My work experience includes research, event planning, fundraising and development as a full time employee with The Focus Foundation, Inc. as well as a previous position at Voice of America and three internships throughout my undergraduate college career

Expected graduation:

December 2009

Degree objective:

B.A. Journalism, Public Relations

Why I went:

Choosing to study in DC for a semester was an easy choice for me! I wanted to gain work experience and networking opportunities that would help me gain leverage in my career coming out of college.  Working in DC was the perfect opportunity to gain this experience and learn more about a field I wanted to work in.

Favorite spot to visit:

Most memorable day:

There were numerous memorable afternoons spent walking on the National Mall.

Why I'm glad I went:

The DC semester experience ultimately led me to a job and pushed me in the right direction.  Though my internship wasn’t able to hire me, they were able to recommend me to several other departments, one of which did hire me.  This job led to another job and eventually 3 years in DC!  I’m glad I went because this program was the start of my life outside of college as a young professional.

Where I interned:

Voice of America

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