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DC Semester Q and A

Nicole A Piason
Fall 2010

The University of Georgia's Washington Semester Program and large alumni network in DC gives UGA students incredible opportunities to launch their careers and meet influential people in their chosen field of study.

Brief bio:

I interned in the office of Sen. Saxby Chambliss in the fall of my junior year. Through WSP’s mentorship program, I was able to secure a second internship at APCO Worldwide, a global public affairs firm, the following summer. After graduating from UGA in December 2011, I began working for Sen. Chambliss full-time in his DC office as a Staff Assistant, where I was later promoted to Press Assistant. I now work as a Communications Representative at Lockheed Martin, where I have been since October 2012. I am also currently pursuing an MPS in Public Relations and Corporate Communications at Georgetown University.

Expected graduation:

December 2011

Degree objective:

Bachelor of Arts in Journalism

Why I went:

Growing up outside of DC, I knew this was the place I wanted to start my career after graduating. The Washington Semester Program seemed like a perfect opportunity to network and figure out exactly what I wanted to pursue and ultimately set me up for the job I have now.

Favorite spot to visit:

Eastern Market

Most memorable day:

Touring CIA Headquarters

Why I'm glad I went:

The Washington Semester Program gave me so many opportunities to network, make friends, and establish my career. I can honestly say I would not be in my current position had I not taken advantage of this great program.

Where I interned:

APCO Worldwide

Office of Senator Saxby Chambliss

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