Meet Aliza Shatzman, Alumna of Georgetown’s Semester in Washington, D.C. Program


Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Ambler, Pennsylvania.

What made you choose Georgetown’s Semester in Washington, D.C. program?
I first came to DC in the summer of 2011 to intern at Active Minds, a nonprofit that works to raise awareness of and reduce the stigma surrounding mental health disorders on college campuses. I immediately fell in love with DC and wanted to return. I chose the Georgetown Semester in Washington program because I wanted the opportunity to intern while taking classes and meeting students who shared my passion for politics.

What was your concentration area?
My concentration area was American Government.

What did you like best?
That’s a tough question – I loved every minute of my Semester in Washington experience! The friendships I developed through SWP have been invaluable. I met fantastic people through the program; many are still close friends.

What have you been up to since?
I am currently interning on Capitol Hill.

How did Georgetown's SWP prepare you for that role?
I interned on the Hill during the Semester in Washington Program. This experience solidified my desire to return to the Hill and enabled me to hit the ground running during subsequent internships.

What advice would you give to current SWP participants to help them get the most out of their experience?
Take advantage of every opportunity that DC has to offer! Attend lectures and events, meet with the speakers who visit SWP classes, engage with the Georgetown University community and spend time getting to know your professors and classmates.

What was your favorite DC place to eat?
I love the food and atmosphere at Busboys and Poets.

… and to hang out?
Politics and Prose is a great independent bookstore and coffeehouse.

Request Information