Published on October 26, 2016 by Philip Poole  
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The Washington Center (TWC) for Internships and Academic Seminars recognized Samford University as New Affiliate of the Year at the recent 2016 Academic Affairs Awards Luncheon in Washington, D.C. 

The New Affiliate of the Year award recognizes institutions that have built a strong foundation with TWC and hold great promise for the future. Since launching its partnership with TWC last year, Samford has already sent four students to take part in the academic internship program, including one participating this fall. Students going through this program spend a semester in Washington, D.C., completing a full-time internship and taking a weekly course, all while earning academic credit at Samford. 

TWC works with a number of partners to provide students with a rewarding experience in Washington, D.C., from campus liaisons to private and public universities, faculty leaders and university systems. TWC’s president Chris Norton recognized the power of these affiliations. 

“When you consider the terrific partners we have already recognized today, you can see that it is when we partner with others that we are at our best and we accomplish the most,” Norton said. “Without our college and university partners, we would not be able to do what we do.” 

In accepting the award on behalf of the university, Samford President Andrew Westmoreland spoke of his own experiences at the Washington Center as a college undergraduate. 

“I saw the great value of the experiences I had when I participated, and certainly those experiences have been magnified for students who participate today,” Westmoreland said. “We will look forward to a long association with the Washington Center.” 

Austin Ferrer, a senior journalism and mass communication major at Samford, is currently in an internship at TWC. 

In addition to Samford, other universities receiving awards were Saint Joseph’s University, Private Institution of the Year; Frostburg State University, Public Institution of the Year; Temple University, Academic Seminar Partner of the Year; and Jana Spain, High Point University, Liaison of the Year.

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.

Lauren Womack Johnson, a 2011 Samford University graduate and marketing and communication manager for the Washington Center, assisted with reporting for this story.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.