SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Several Wofford College students are in Washington, D.C., this summer following their passion for politics and gaining experience that will help them prepare for futures in the field.

Rik Ujaan, a rising junior international affairs major from Hilton Head, S.C., interned with the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary and used the internship to continue to build a professional network. He says his meeting with congressional and political liaisons in the Indian embassy was a valuable experience.

“I have learned how Capitol Hill works through the lens of a very active committee,” says Ujaan. “While working on Capitol Hill, I was reminded that work culture, the people who your work with and the location of your work are extremely important.”

Jacorie McCall, a sophomore from Dillon, S.C. native, spent the summer as an intern in the House of Representatives with Congressman Tom Rice. McCall says his work involved researching specific issues, providing office management support, interacting with constituents, summarizing reports and assisting with mail and telephone contacts.

McCall, a veteran political intern, has worked with several different representatives in South Carolina from both sides of the aisle.

“I really admire the ability to bring many different types of ideas and beliefs to the table, and work together for a common goal,” he says.