Students Return from Summer Work in Washington, D.C.

Four UALR students recently returned from Washington, D.C ., after completing internships at Amnesty International, the Department of Defense, the Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington, and the Council of State Governments through The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars (TWC).

This fall, a fifth student, anthropology student Valerie Carpenter of Osceola, will complete an internship with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS).

“I’ll be accompanying NCIS forensic agents on cases.” Carpenter said. “I’m looking forward to figuring out what the life of a forensic agent is all about.”

Students returning from the TWC benefited from a variety of experiences from organizations and agencies all over the nation’s capitol.

Amnesty International was only one of the worldwide organizations where philosophy student Stephanie Hinojosa of Little Rock spent her summer. “I worked with the Foundation for Democracy in Africa,” said Hinojosa, “which is a non-profit organization that interacts with African communities to promote governmental stability and economic vitality.”

Engineering major, Justin Lieber of Sherwood completed his internship at the Department of Defense by contributing to the white paper policy on how best to track carbon emissions and to implement new “green” technology for the Pentagon Reservation. “The Pentagon Reservation currently has no policy concerning this,” Lieber said. “White papers are supposed to be extremely technical, but what I wrote will been seen by directors and deputy directors. They will, hopefully, use this paper to make adjustments to the reservation.”

Antonio Carroll of Smackover worked at the Council of State Governments and attended hearings and briefings on a variety of issues from homeland security to the credit crisis. “It gave me an opportunity to get an insider’s view into what and how national laws are made and how public policy is shaped,” said Carroll, a political science major.

Another philosophy major, Michael Blake Frisby of North Little Rock completed his internship at the Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington. “This organization is devoted to promoting unity and understanding across various faith traditions,” said Frisby. “The internship really complemented philosophy well and provided great insight in the beliefs and customs of other cultures.

According to the TWC’s website (, the educational nonprofit organization serves hundreds of colleges and universities in the U.S. and other countries by providing selected students challenging opportunities to work and learn in Washington, D.C. for academic credit. The largest such program, The Washington Center has over 35,000 alumni, many of whom are leaders in numerous professions and nations around the world.
To learn more about UALR’s participation with the TWC, contact Lisa Sherwin, associate professor of psychology, at (501) 569-3171 or at

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