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Visit to Pentagon Highlight of Davidson in Washington Program

Davidson in Washington program students with Erik Rosenbach '95
Students participating in the Davidson in Washington program met with Eric Rosenbach '95, chief of staff for U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, during a recent visit to the Pentagon. Photo courtesy of the Department of Defense.

Davidson students participating in the 2016 Davidson in Washington program concluded their time in the nation's capital with a special visit to the Pentagon and a discussion with Eric Rosenbach '95, chief of staff for U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter.

The students received a tour of the Pentagon led by military officials, which included visits to the complex's offices and 9/11 memorials and ended with a stop in Carter's office. There, students had the opportunity to sit down with Rosenbach and other Department of Defense staffers.

Davidson in Washington participant Colleen Karlovich '18 said the meeting built upon the lectures and guest speakers of previous weeks and described the discussion as a fitting conclusion to the Davidson in Washington experience.

"Visiting the Pentagon and speaking with Mr. Rosenbach added a new perspective to our understanding of all that happens in Washington, in an environment different from what most of us were exposed to in our internships," she said. "It was incredible to have a conversation with an alumnus who is an absolute expert in his field and to learn from his experiences."

Assistant Professor of Political Science Besir Ceka led this year's iteration of the Davidson in Washington program, themed around the seminar "World Politics in American Politics."

In total, 27 students took part in the eight-week program. Each participant completes a full-time internship experience in Washington, D.C., and a political science seminar for two full-course credits.