HIGH POINT, N.C., June 8, 2010 ? Seven High Point University students recently visited Washington, D.C. as part of a 12-day Maymester trip led by assistant professors of political science Matthew DeSantis and Dr. Mark Setzler.
Highlights of the program included a visit to the West Wing of the White House and meeting with Sen. Kay Hagan. HPU graduate Sage Dunston, who is on the senator?s staff, discussed and answered questions about professional life as a young staffer, landing a political affairs internship or job in Washington, as well as various aspects of the inner-workings of the legislative branch.
“This program provides our students with an intense, behind-the-scenes look at how politics really works. Seeing and hearing from so many powerful political insiders was remarkable; however the full impact of the experience will only be felt over time as these students begin to make the most of their new professional contacts and internship ideas,” says Setzler.
While in Washington, the group also observed floor debates and a vote from the Senate gallery, visited two of the nation’s premier think tanks – the Heritage Foundation and Brookings, interviewed staff at the Republican and Democratic National Committee headquarters, toured the Washington Bureau of NBC News, met with one of D.C.’s top political consulting firms and much more.
At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with 3,700 undergraduate and graduate students from 50 countries and 46 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report No. 5 among comprehensive universities in the South and No. 1 in its category among up-and-coming schools. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 6 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” HPU was included in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For” 2009 listings. The university offers 68 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and seven graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at http://www.highpoint.edu/ or on Twitter at http://twitter.com/highpointu.
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