Kelly A. Russo
Participating in WSP truly allowed me to see the vast number of UGA alumni living and working in DC, who are willing and excited to help undergrads succeed in the nation's Capitol!
I am a fourth year student at the University of Georgia, where I study International Affairs. I focus my studies largely on the Middle East and ethnic conflict resolution. I spent my time in D.C. with the Arab American Institute, an advocacy non-profit, where I took an external placement at the Brookings Institution, a think tank.
Why I went:
I knew from my freshman year that I wanted to participate in the Washington Semester Program. Athens is a wonderful city, but internship experiences in International Affairs are hard to come by and the opportunity to make professional connections is very limited. Plus, it’s an incredibly young, vibrant city with countless places to eat and explore!
Favorite spot to visit:
I’m a breakfast person, so my favorite brunch spots are The Coupe in Columbia Heights and Kyirisan in Shaw. However, Capitol Hill, the home of WSP, truly makes you understand that you’re living and working in the nation’s capitol—it’s an incredible feeling!
Most memorable day:
My most memorable day was celebrating my birthday on St. Patrick’s in the city! We went to brunch at the aforementioned Kyirisan in Shaw and were coincidentally seated next to Shadi Hamid, a senior fellow at Brookings who works on Middle East policy.
Why I'm glad I went:
I’m glad that I went to DC because of the networking ability it allows you. You truly realize that, in DC, you often get opportunities based off of who you know, and everyone in DC has been in your place before and is willing to help you out!