The Program was created and is run by Co-Directors Sahar Shafqat and Matthew Fehrs.
To help run the program, the director may hire a Washington Program Fellow. This year’s Fellow is Angela Cruz.
Sahar Shafqat is a Professor of Political Science. She received her B.A. in Economics and International Relations from Mount Holyoke College and her Ph.D. in Political Science from Texas A&M University. As an undergraduate student, Sahar interned at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, DC, which was an invaluable experience, and she believes strongly in providing a rich and fulfilling internship experience for SMCM students.
Matthew Fehrs is an Associate Professor of Political Science and the Chair of the Political Science Department. He received his B.A. in Psychology & Political Studies from Pitzer College, an MA in International Affairs from Columbia University and his Ph.D. in Political Science from Duke University. Matt is a strong believer in quality internship experiences, having benefited from internships himself, and having seen the positive impact they have had on his students’ professional paths.
Angela Cruz is a St. Mary’s senior majoring in History and minoring in Education. She was enrolled in the Program for the summer of 2018. Angela interned for the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP). She performed political advocacy research to assist AWP in their efforts to counter threats to literary achievement. Ultimately, Angela gained valuable work experience and received a first-hand look at the workings of a nonprofit organization. As Fellow, she is determined to help Washington Program students achieve absolute success as young professionals.