The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars Hosts Gala to Celebrate 35 Years


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The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars Hosts Gala to Celebrate 35 Years

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September 29, 2010

CBS anchor and news chief, Bob Schieffer, is Master of Ceremonies and Honorary Co-Chair for Gala 2010: Transforming Potential into Achievement

WASHINGTON, D.C.–September 29, 2010–To commemorate 35 years of providing academic internships in the nation’s capital to students worldwide, The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars hosts its annual gala October 4, 2010 at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. at 7:30 p.m. Legendary journalist and CBS News Chief, Bob Schieffer, will lead the event as Master of Ceremonies and honor three recognized leaders that have been pivotal in Transforming Potential into Achievement–the theme of the evening.


“This year marks a significant milestone in The Washington Center’s history,” said Mike Smith, president of TWC. “In our 35th year, we’ve provided academic internships to more than 40,000 students and opened the first housing campus for our interns. Our gracious partners, supporters and friends have helped us get to where we are today and we look forward to honoring three of them at this year’s Gala.”


This year’s award recipients include Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS), Congressman Xavier Becerra (D-CA) and Mayor of Baltimore, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. Mayor Rawlings-Blake is being recognized with the Pillar Award for Civic Engagement for her involvement in her community dating back to being the youngest city councilor at the age of 25. Senator Cochran will receive the Pillar Award for Leadership in appreciation of his continued dedication to fostering the relationship between the state of Mississippi and The Washington Center. In honor of Representative Becerra’s remarkable achievements and continued support and commitment to hosting and mentoring The Washington Center students over the years, the Congressman will be the recipient of the Pillar Award for Professional Achievement.


Bob Schieffer received the Lifetime Achievement Award from The Washington Center at the 2008 Gala and is also this year’s honoree at the Fourth Estate Dinner hosted by the National Press Club. His alma mater, Texas Christian University’s Schieffer School of Journalism is partnering with The Washington Center for the first time to bring students from the Schieffer School to Washington, D.C.  He also has a long standing relationship with The Washington Center and this year will be hosting interns from the program at CBS News.


Proceeds from Gala 2010: Transforming Potential into Achievement will help fund scholarships for students attending The Washington Center’s programs. Ford Motor Company is the event’s presenting sponsor, continuing a more than 20-year tradition of support from the company.  More than twenty corporations and twenty-four colleges and universities are joining Ford Motor Company in supporting the event.


For more information on the event, please contact Korenna Cline via email at or by phone at (703) 299-3404.


About The Washington Center

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 close to 40,000 alumni who have become leaders in numerous professions and nations around the world. It was established in 1975.

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