Annual Washington D.C. Trip, CPLA Connects with Alumni

Arriving in the Nation’s Capital, March 30, a few days following D.C.’s 100th annual Cherry Blossom Festival, CPLA took fourteen students to experience Washington and network with former CPLA students.

Students arrived in D.C. Friday morning, and were given the opportunity to do some sight seeing.



Students then met with Alumni, Peter Lodge and Phil Madgi to get some perspective on careers in the fields of law and lobbying. Lodge and Madgi gave advice to eager listeners and spoke to the networking capabilities of the Emerson Mafia in D.C.

Following the Alumni panel, students ventured further downtown to experience the National Public Radio (NPR) Headquarters. Escorted by Brent Baughman (Emerson Class of 2010) the students were able to get a feel for recording spaces and then were introduced to NPR Host, Guy Raz.




Beginning Saturday with a security check, CPLA members filtered into the US State Department for a meeting with the Bureau of International Information Programs. Students were informed of possible careers in the State Department, and future internships.

Finally, Students headed to Virginia Representative, Bobby Scott’s, office for a quick tour and talk-back regarding working for elections and going into politics.

Through the wide variety of monuments, alumni, and speakers the students saw and met with, D.C. enrichws the students of CPLA and proved to be a worthwhile experience.


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