EC named New Affiliate of Year by The Washington Center
October 09, 2017
Earlham College has been named New Affiliate of the Year by The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars.
The College was recognized during the Center’s Fall 2017 Awards Luncheon at The National Press Club.
“We are honored to be recognized by The Washington Center and are so pleased at the scope of experiences our students are having in the field,” says Jennifer Lewis, associate director of Earlham’s Center for Global Education (CGE).
“The Washington Center truly provides remarkable opportunities for our students to put the theory they learn in the classroom into practice through real-world contexts, while supporting them every step of the way as they navigate the process of learning what it means to become young professionals.”
Earlhamites have enrolled in the Center’s programs for the last two years and benefit from academic coursework and internships across the nation’s capital. A sampling of internship sites includes city and federal government offices, and organizations like the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Sierra Club. Earlham offers the program during the fall and spring semesters and the cost to participate in the semester program is covered by tuition.
Four Earlhamites are studying in Washington this fall, including Andrei Borokhovich ’19, an International Studies and Global Management double major, who is an intern for the National U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce (NUSACC). As part of Borokhovich’s internship, he works with a team from the NUSACC to arrange expert roundtables on a variety of issues in the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA).
“Even though we officially have five offices with headquarters in D.C., we are a very small organization and, because of our size, interns are involved in every step of every project that we do,” Borokhovich says. “We conduct research on different issues, and have to understand the needs and trades of a particular country or region as a whole while developing potential investor lists, and leading correspondences with embassies and different U.S. companies to direct participation in the events that we organize.”
Borokhovich says the internship is directly related to his academic interests and career goals.
“The Middle East has always attracted me as a place for technological and business development and working with the NUSACC allowed me to learn about the intricacies of the business world and deepen my knowledge of Middle Eastern politics,” he says. “My internship also provides a great networking platform for building connections with high-level government and business officials from the U.S. and MENA countries.”
About 65 percent of Earlham’s graduates participate in off-campus study before graduation and benefit from immersive out-of-the-classroom experiences that prepare students for life after Earlham. The Washington Center is just one of a number of affiliated programs where Earlhamites study and become interns in some of the nation’s busiest cities. Other off-campus programs include The Philadelphia Center, the New York Arts Program, and research-based programs in Woods Hole, Mass., and Oak Ridge, Tenn.
The CGE also manages dozens of semester-long and month-long off-campus programs in locations such as Ecuador, Japan, India, New Zealand, France/Senegal and Spain.
The addition this fall of the EPIC Advantage — the offer of a funded internship, research experience, or community project for all students — provides even more opportunities for Earlhamites to prepare for careers or the rigors of graduate school.
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Earlham College, a national liberal arts college located in Richmond, Indiana, is a "College That Changes Lives." We expect our students to be fully present: to think rigorously, value directness and genuineness, and actively seek insights from differing perspectives. The values we practice at Earlham are rooted in centuries of Quaker tradition, but they also constitute the ideal toolkit for contemporary success. Earlham is one of only 40 national liberal arts colleges ranked among U.S. News and World Reports' "Great Schools at a Great Price."
Brian Zimmerman is director of media relations at Earlham College. He can be reached at 765-983-1256 and firstname.lastname@example.org.