What the students say

“My entire experience on the Hill was amazing. I not only learned a lot about politics, but about life.”
Sarah Rhee, HOH 2011

“Whether talking politics with former Congressman Tom Davis or meeting constituents and listening to what’s on their mind, I feel as though everything about this semester has gotten me energized to move forward.”
Nicholas Jeffress, HOH 2011

“The opportunity to live in Washington, D.C., and work on climate change issues with the Clark Group has fundamentally altered my education plans and career goals. The work has been exciting, challenging, fast-paced, and completely relevant to a consequential issue being debated on the Hill. I’d absolutely recommend the Hokies on the Hill program; it provides a stimulating academic framework while allowing each student significant freedom to shape his or her own experience.”
Josh Deutschmann, HOH 2011

HOH interns with Elizabeth C. MacDonough, U.S Senate Parliamentarian, in the President’s Room,
U.S. Capitol Building HOH interns with Elizabeth C. MacDonough, U.S Senate Parliamentarian, in the President’s Room, U.S. Capitol Building

“Hokies on the Hill was exactly the program I was looking for. Being a political science and communication major, I wanted an internship experience on Capitol Hill, in Washington, D.C. The internship gave me enough credits to be able to spend a semester away from Blacksburg. It was definitely the best decision I have made while at Virginia Tech.”
Madeline Hennings, HOH 2011

“Participating in the Hokies on the Hill program was an invaluable learning experience. My internship with Holland and Knight gave me the opportunity to engage in meaningful and challenging work with people who are passionate about politics. In conjunction with my internship, excellent guest lectures and class discussions helped me to make informed decisions about heavily debated issues in Congress. I highly recommend this program to all Virginia Tech students who want to go beyond the scope of classroom learning and experience the inner-workings of our government firsthand.”
Erinn Dye, HOH 2012

"My experience in doing Hokies on the Hill will be one I remember for the rest of my life. The real world experience you get from the Hill is something you can't get in a classroom, and the connections you make along the way are the best part!"
Megan Merryman, HOH 2012

“Hokies on the Hill was the single most important factor to impact my college and early professional career. It is a great program for those who want to understand policy, political partisanship, and how Washington works altogether--beyond the social issues themselves. The guest speakers were unbelievable, and the professors are genuinely there to help their students learn concepts as opposed to just facts.”
Colin MacDermott, HOH 2012

HOH interns with former U.S. Congressman Tom Davis HOH interns with former U.S. Congressman Tom Davis

“Hokies on the Hill was just about the most exciting and unique opportunity that I have experienced as a Hokie. It was amazing to be on the inside of Washington, experiencing the hustle and bustle of Capitol Hill while representing Virginia Tech. I gained more knowledge in just one semester of interning than I have my entire educational career because it was so hands on. I was able to build strong professional connections for future internships which are just one of the many valuable things you can gain from Hokies on the Hill. I encourage my fellow Hokies to take advantage of this amazing and rare opportunity.”
Wanawsha Hawrani, HOH 2012

“The Hokies on the Hillinternship program was a once in a lifetime opportunity that allowed me to gain real world experience in politics and government while interacting with notable politicians, media members, and public servants.”
Brett Fulcer, HOH 2013

"The Hokies on the Hill programs was the perfect complement to my in-class experience at Tech. Not only did I learn more about how our government operates, but I became more confident in my knowledge of the policy-making progress while meaningfully contributing to the leader I worked for."
Kendall Strong, HOH 2014

"My semester as a Hokie on the Hill was invaluable not only in the specific knowledge I gained but in the connections I made. The hands on experience deepened my understanding of U.S. Politics past what a classroom could teach. Hokies on the Hill helped me grow and develop the skills and confidence necessary to be successful in the working world."
Amy Kochert, HOH 2014

"With Hokies on the Hill, I had no idea what to expect. The semester on Capitol Hill was the best semester out of all my four years in college. I experienced my greatest successes and challenges. The staff was the hardest working individuals I have ever met and became great mentors. I learned so much on Capitol Hill. I cannot wait for the opportunity to hopefully return as a staffer.”
Meghan Oakes, HOH 2014

HOH Interns with President Sands in Washington, D.C. HOH Interns with President Sands in Washington, D.C.

“The Hokies on the Hill program opened doors for me that will no doubt advance my career in politics once I graduate from Virginia Tech. The people I met, things I experienced, and lessons I learned through this program and my internship will stick with me for the rest of my life and have no doubt put me on a path towards achieving my goals.”
Matthew J. McCartin, HOH 2015

“I would say that the Hokies on the Hill program has given me the greatest work experience I could ask for with personal contacts and advocates who have helped me greatly. I don't think that I would be where I am today with the help of Dave and Chris. I would recommend this program to any student who is serious about going into politics and government related fields.”
John Boyle, HOH 2015

“The Hokies on the Hill program gave me the experience I needed to be successful as an aspiring civil servant on Capitol Hill. I am thankful for my time as an intern for Senator Tim Kaine, and being able to share and compare my experience with other Hokies was an opportunity I won't forget.”
Casey Prestipino, HOH 2015

“Hokies on the Hill gave me the opportunity to learn about issues that mattered to me while being able network and create contacts that will help me secure a job on the Hill in the future. The internship and seminar class worked seamlessly together to provide a well-rounded experience of what working in Washington D.C. entails.”
Allison Crittenden, HOH 2015

HOH Interns with President Sands in Washington, D.C. Hokies on the Hill meet on the steps of the U.S. Capitol building

“Before I participated in the Hokies on the Hill program, I lacked any substantial career aspirations, I was unaware of the political opportunities that were available to young people like me, and, overall, I was lost. After a semester of living and working on Capitol Hill, all of those things changed for me. Now, I have clear professional goals, I have an unquenchable thirst to learn all I can about governmental and political issues, and I have the confidence to be the leader that Chris and Dave saw in me. Hokies on the Hill can change the direction of your life; I am proof of that!”
Evan Fitts, HOH 2015

“To me, Hokies on the Hill was a unique experience that allowed me to gain a fresh perspective of Washington politics that I would have never witnessed if I only limited my learning to the classroom. Hokies on the Hill allows Hokies to expand the way they learn about politics by taking them out of their comfort zone into one of the most insightful, perplexing, and exhilarating experiences we can have as students.”
Brandon Curley, HOH 2015

“The Hokies on the Hill program allowed me to have a hands-on internship experience, where I could apply what I learned in many of my political science classes.” 
Maya Reddy, HOH 2015

“The Hokies on the Hill program allowed me to have a hands-on internship experience, where I could apply what I learned in many of my political science classes.” 
Maya Reddy, HOH 2015

“Hokies on the Hill was an incredible semester that shaped my future goals towards public service. Gaining firsthand knowledge on how the government works was eye opening and always exciting. This experience was one of the best I've ever had and one I will never forget!” 
Meghan McDonald, HOH 2016

“Hokies on the Hill is a world class program unlike any other at Virginia Tech.” 

“A semester in Washington is a must-do for any student of government and politics.” 
Robert Grey, HOH 2016

“The Hokies on the Hill program was an amazing experience. This program gave me once and a life time experiences and connections!” 
Abbey Hawkins, HOH 2016

“Hokies on the Hill is a great way to way to gain both Washington work experience and academic credit. During the program I was able to explore a career field I am interested in as well as make valuable connections.” 
Anna Pope, HOH 2016