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Mentorship Student

How did WMP change your life?

It’s like the secret brotherhood at AU. I got to know a lot of people on campus through the program.
Your Future. Your Washington Mentorship.

William Erickson, WMP Alum 2009

Alumnus Name

William Erickson

Where’s home?

San Diego

What is/was your major?

I graduated with a bachelor of science in economics.

What school do/did you attend?

College of Arts and Sciences

What are you passionate about/interested in?

Economics, philosophy, business, TED talks.

Your career ambition?


What are you doing now?

I work as the sales manager for my family’s company.

Why did you choose WMP?

I wanted to be in D.C. and I was attracted to AU’s campus and the internship, I was working with the FBI at the time and really wanted to continue.

Where was your internship and what did you do there?

My internship was with the FBI and I did a number of administrative tasks.

Favorite experience in the program?

The FBI academy at Quantico, I went with one of my professor’s classes. Also, for the Introduction to Systems of Justice course we went to the DEA headquarters, and that was awesome.

What do you love about your Seminar?

The site visits were awesome. I’ve been to the State Department (twice), Voice of America, the DEA, the FBI, Arlington County Jail, and of course Capital Hill.

What is the most favorite part of your week at Washington Mentorship?

My favorite part of the week was the seminar/ site visit/ speaker days. If we didn’t go somewhere awesome we got to listen to someone awesome.

What do you want the world to know about WMP?

There is no better way to get to know DC than as a freshman through the WMP. It is the way to wake up after high school and realize what you can do in the world.

Favorite course of study?

Domestic Economic Policy with Sue Headlee was my favorite course. We discussed the role of the government in the economy and how different programs interact with the economy.

What do/did you do for fun in DC and on the weekends?

Shop in Pentagon or Columbia Heights, hit up the movies in Bethesda or Chinatown, and the museums every once in a while. Not to mention AU has awesome events that go on, we had 30 Seconds to Mars and Cee Lo Green come one year.

Who is/has been the biggest influence on your WMP experience so far?

My professors were the biggest influence on my experience. Daniel Whitman and Bea Siman were both awesome, and I learned so much from both of them.

Favorite quote?

“Some people travel through life as though traveling through the wild country, rushing to get to each imaginary point of rest or settlement.”

How did WMP change your life?

It’s like the secret brotherhood at AU. I got to know a lot of people on campus through the program.