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DC Semester Q and A

Lucas Llanso Puente
Fall 2008

Going to DC is an experience every college student interested in public policy and politics should have.

Brief bio:

Lucas Puente is a PhD candidate in Political Science at Stanford University. His research interest lies at the intersection of finance and politics and his dissertation investigates how politics influence decision-making at central banks.

Expected graduation:

May 2010

Degree objective:

BBA, Finance; AB, International Affairs

Why I went:

I came to DC to gain hands-on experience in the policy world.

Favorite spot to visit:

The Library of Congress

Most memorable day:

September 25, 2008. My boss went to the White House with Senator Obama in a meeting with the most powerful politicians in the country to discuss how to handle the emerging financial crisis. I helped him prepare for this meeting and then fed him relevant information as it unfolded.

Why I'm glad I went:

It was a once-in-a-lifetime learning experience that has that has had a profound impact on my career. I’ll never forget my experiences that semester.

Where I interned:

Office of Senator Barack Obama

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