MC junior making the most of Washington Semester

Marietta College junior Meghan Auker is participating in the Washington Semester program, which is offered in association with American University in Washington, D.C.

Auker, a 2002 graduate of Marietta High School, is enrolled in the program for the spring 2005 semester. She is a political science major and plans to attend a strong M.B.A. program after graduating in 2006.

Auker, the daughter of Quinn and Cindy Auker of Marietta, is emphasizing her studies around American politics. She is taking classes at American University, working 20-hours per week at an internship, and researching projects.

Since her specific area of interest is political campaigning, her classes at American will feature speeches from party leaders and consultants. Auker’s internship is with the Democratic Grassroots Action Institute and Network (GAIN). GAIN is a political organization that specializes in linking political workers for political campaigns. They also have sessions to train prospective political workers about the nature of campaigns.

Marietta College’s Washington Semester program gives students an opportunity to study at American University for a semester, and apply what they have learned in a real-world environment with an internship. Dr. Jackie Delaat, administrator of the program, says the Washington Semester is an invaluable opportunity to encounter government and government-related careers and institutions.