Congratulations Capital Semester Spring Class of 2011!

On Friday, April 29th, TFAS bid farewell to the Capital Semesterclass of Spring 2011 by hosting a graduation ceremony on Capitol Hill. Capital Semester participants gathered with their parents, internship supervisors and mentors to celebrate their successes and the completion of the 15-week program. 
The ceremony, held in the Rayburn House Office Building, featured commencement remarks delivered by the Executive Director of the American Islamic Congress Zainab Al-Suwaij and student testimonials by Heather Caygle and Rachel Wein. 

Here are excerpts from their remarks:

“This past semester has been the most tenuous, demanding and rewarding experience I have had in college. I consider Capital Semester to be a crash course that tests one’s abilities to become noteworthy in a place filled with much competition for attention and creditability. One of the best elements of the program, was the opportunity to interact and network with the individuals we met at organizations such as the State Department, World Bank, U.S. Department of Commerce and the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, to name a few.”

Rachel Wein, University of Central Florida

Intern, Charles Group

“I remember the exact moment when I knew the Capital Semester program was going to exceed my expectations. I had only been in Washington for two weeks when my internship supervisor asked me to cover the State of the Union. I found myself sitting in the front row of the press gallery, directly behind the President with clear views of Secretary of State Clinton, Supreme Court justices and member of Congress.”

Heather Caygle, University of Alabama

Intern, Houston Chronicle

Click here ( to view a slideshow video featuring highlights of the students’ semester experience. For details on the Capital Semester  program held each fall and spring semester, please visit

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