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Evangel students spend two weeks in Washington Studies Program

Published on Feb 27, 2015 by Paul K. Logsdon

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Seven Evangel University students are participating in the Washington Studies Program, Feb. 24 – March 7.

The annual trip provides students with opportunities to see behind the scenes of the federal government and do short-term internships with members of congress or other governmental organizations.

“This trip is a yearly occurrence sponsored by the Department of Social Sciences,” said Dr. Bryan Sanders, department chair and faculty sponsor for the trip.

During the first week of the internship, students will visit governmental & historical sites like the Diplomatic Reception Rooms of the State Department, the US Capitol, the Holocaust Memorial museum and numerous other points of interest.

During the second week, students will intern in senatorial, congressional or other federal government offices.

“Each year, our students also have the opportunity to visit with nationally-known organizations like World Vision and Heritage Foundation, as well as hear from staffers and government officials,” he said.

Participating students include the following:

  • Cristian Antal, sophomore government major from Springfield, Mo.
  • Zachary Copeland, senior social studies education major from Battlefield, Mo.
  • Samuel Klepel senior government major from Hacienda Heights, Calif.
  • Jonathan May, senior film major from Bigfork, Mt.
  • Aria Morton, junior communication studies major from Springfield, Mo.
  • Whitley Mumm, senior advertising and public relations major from Davenport, Fl.
  • Hillary Woodward, senior history major from Springfield, Mo.

About the annual trip

Students are eligible to apply for the Washington Studies Program if they have enrolled in the GOVT 492 course. In order to earn the three class credits that the program offers, students must complete additional research and readings.

A variation of the Washington Studies Program began at Evangel in the spring of 1958. Sanders has participated in the trip for more than 20 years.

Evangel is a comprehensive Christian university with a seminary, located in Springfield, Mo., and draws more than 2,000 students from all 50 states. The focus of Evangel is to educate students for leadership positions in business, government, education and church, through a commitment to the integration of faith, learning and life. Evangel offers 65 undergraduate majors and, with the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, a variety of master’s and doctoral degrees. For more information, visit or call (417) 865-2811.


PHOTO CAPTION: Evangel students standing in the middle of Washington D.C., in the crypt of the Capitol, are: Hillary Woodward, Zachary Copeland, Cristian Antal, Aria Morton, Whitley Mumm, Jonathan May and Samuel Klepel.

PHOTO BY: Bryan Sanders