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MDC Students View Politics from the Inside at Washington Seminars

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MDC Honors College students at The Washington Center's Politics in the Media seminar

Miami, January 24, 2012 - As the nation turns its attention toward the 2012 presidential hopefuls, 28 students from Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Honors College traveled to Washington, D.C., to learn about politics in the nation’s capital and political epicenter. The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars presented the Inside Washington seminar Politics in the Media from Jan. 8 – 14, 2012.

“One of the many privileges of being part of the Washington Seminar this year was attending lectures of a diversified body of politicians and professionals of the media field,” said Wolfson Campus Honors College student Monique Galvao. “Although I don't see myself pursuing a career in politics I see myself using politics every day when engaging in my community, assuming leadership roles throughout my life and fighting for the issues which really matter to me. I also believe that there is a way of helping our society without pursuing a career in the political field. Politics are omnipresent.”

The seminars provided firsthand experience and perspective into campaign 2012 through a combination of lectures from prominent guest speakers, panel discussions, site visits, and small group dialogues. Students heard directly from the journalists covering the 2012 elections, leaders of special interest groups, and other insiders. In addition, students visited several historic sites in Washington, D.C.

“The Inside Washington seminars offer an unparalleled opportunity to sit in the same room with legendary journalists, esteemed members of Congress and other experts that have their pulse on the presidential 2012 campaign,” said Mike Smith, president of The Washington Center. “Miami Dade College is giving their students access to the center of the political process, as it’s happening now and as history is being made.”

Some of the guest speakers included Mike McCurry, Former White House Press Secretary; Grover Norquist, President, Americans for Tax Reform; Ann Compton, Chief White House Correspondent, ABC News; Governor Howard Dean, M.D., Former Governor of VT, Presidential Candidate, DNC Chairman, and Founder of Democracy For America; John Harwood, Chief Washington Correspondent, CNBC; Clarence Page, Columnist, Chicago Tribune; Brian Lamb, President/CEO, C-SPAN; Sam Donaldson, ABC News.

Inside Washington is part of The Washington Center’s Campaign 2012 Academic Seminar Series. Since The Washington Center first offered campaign seminars in 1984, more than 6,000 college students have participated in the programs.

The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars is an independent, nonprofit organization that serves hundreds of colleges and universities in the United States and other countries by providing selected students challenging opportunities to work and learn in Washington, D.C., for academic credit. The largest program of its kind, The Washington Center has more than 50,000 alumni who have become leaders in numerous professions and nations around the world. It was established in 1975. For more information visit:

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