"Washington Week in two words: WORTH IT! I learned just by taking initiative, talking to people, and asking the right questions that I could meld all my seemingly different interests together." 

- SSA student at Washington Week 2010

Read more stories from students and alumni who have attended Washington Week.


What is Washington Week?

Washington Week is an opportunity for SSA students to meet with SSA alumni working in the DC area during spring break. The week is also an opportunity to visit different agencies in the DC area and explore careers in advocacy, research, policy analysis, and more.

Why Washington?

As the nation's capital, Washington is the primary city where one would pursue a career in national programs, policies, agencies, organizations, and departments. It is also home to a large network of SSA alumni.

Are all SSA students eligible?

Yes. Washington Week is a great opportunity for first, second, and third year students. First year students get a chance to think about the career paths that are available in areas of research, advocacy, policy analysis, policy making, government, non-profit, think tanks, program management and more. They make personal contacts with alumni who can help guide them in making choices during their second year to help facilitate a career in these areas. Graduating students make contacts and gather information about hiring and opportunities as they plan a potential career in the DC area.

Do clinical students go?

Some clinical students attend if they are interested in non-clinical or policy and program management careers.

When is Washington Week?

It occurs during Spring Break.

Who will I meet with?

You choose from a set of alumni who are available to participate. Before going to DC, you will have your own itinerary, knowing who you will see at what time on what day at what location with which alumnus. Students will be engaged through a combination of receptions and visits to agencies around Washington.

Bria Berger

Bria Berger, AM '14

“It’s important to have transferable skills and to have a professional mentor. Working with [Assistant Professor] Alida Bouris has helped me both personally and professionally. She has encouraged me to mold my course schedule and placement to my interest and goals, to take risks, and she has helped me shape my vision of who I am in the social work world.”