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My First Ten Days “Studying Away” in Washington, D.C.

My First Ten Days “Studying Away” in Washington, D.C.


Greetings from The Washington Center (TWC)!  This is Michael Butcher on move-in day at TWC.  I am spending the semester completing a 12-credit internship in the office of Congressman Charlie Dent of the 15th Congressional District of Pennsylvania.  I am also taking a 3-credit class, Rising China: U.S.-China Relations in the 20th and 21st Centuries.  After just 10 days in the program, I am finding life in D.C. and the internship fast-paced and exciting!

The building pictured is where I live, attend class, work out in the gym, and enjoy the excitement of meeting people from around the world.  This semester the program serves over 400 students from 13 different countries including China, Japan, Belgium, Spain, Mexico, Canada, and the U.S.


After a walking tour to the Capitol and a practice run on the Metro, I began my internship this past Monday in the Rayburn Building of the U.S. House of Representatives.  On Thursday I shadowed a tour guide, as I will be leading tours of the Capitol for constituents from Congressman Dent’s district.  I have a lot to learn!

What an opportunity to live in D.C. during an election year!  Stay tuned for more information about this adventure made possible through the LVC Study Abroad Office.