Students travel to Washington for national security seminar

Students in DC for a Washington Center seminar
Quinnipiac students participating in a seminar at The Washington Center

May 25, 2013 - Eight Quinnipiac students spent a week in Washington, D.C., tackling the hard-hitting issues affecting national security with political analysts, journalists, national security experts and scholars.

The students attended the Challenges to National Security in a Global Society Academic Seminar May 19-24.

Led by a faculty director expert in national security issues, The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars program examined how global changes impact the international security arena and explore how the U.S. can best respond to the myriad of challenges and uncertainties.

In addition to group discussions, students and faculty visited government agencies, embassies, think tanks and nonprofit organizations.          

"At Quinnipiac we are committed to more and more learning experiences outside the classroom, and what a terrific experience this will be," said Scott McLean, a professor of political science in the College of Arts and Sciences who led the Quinnipiac group. Students visited the FBI, State Department, the Israeli and Egyptian embassies, had face-to-face discussions with officials dealing with human rights issues and national security issues, including the drone strikes, Syria, the rise of China and the ongoing threat of terrorist groups.  

"Growing globalization, technological innovation, and shifting economic power create a complex and strained national security environment," said Mike Smith, president of The Washington Center. "We are bringing together the best minds in academia, government and political policy to discuss the U.S. role here and abroad, response protocols and the impact of modern technology and cyber vulnerabilities. We thank the students at Quinnipiac University for being a part of this timely and thought-provoking dialogue."

The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars is an independent, nonprofit organization that serves hundreds of colleges and universities in the United States and other countries by providing selected students challenging opportunities to work and learn in Washington, D.C., for academic credit. The largest program of its kind, The Washington Center has more than 50,000 alumni who have become leaders in numerous professions and nations around the world. It was established in 1975. For more information visit