The Catholic University of America

July 10, 2008

CUA Alumni Gather at British Parliament

Current students in CUA's Parliamentary Internship Program with Member of Parliament Sir Patrick Cormack (third from right) and School of Arts and Sciences Dean L.R. Poos (second from right).

Marking the 30th anniversary of Catholic University's Parliamentary Internship Program, more than 80 alumni living abroad, current students and graduates of the program attended a reception at the British House of Commons Wednesday evening July 10. School of Arts and Sciences Dean L.R. Poos and Member of Parliament Sir Patrick Cormack hosted the event.

In addition to celebrating a program that has graduated hundreds of CUA graduates since 1978, the reception offered a rare opportunity for CUA alumni living in Western Europe, the United Kingdom and Ireland to gather with fellow alumni.

Ten CUA students currently interning in Parliament also attended the event. CUA has the longest-running university parliamentary internship program in the United States.

The Parliamentary Internship Program is one of the many study-abroad programs offered by CUAbroad, a division of the newly created Center for Global Education at Catholic University. Tanith Fowler Corsi, assistant vice president for global education, also attended the reception and met with the student interns.

"I'm very pleased to be able to help this event take place," Poos said. "The Westminster program is one of our flagship study-abroad programs, one that participating alums have said is one of the most memorable activities CUA afforded them. But this event also offered a chance for the more than 500 CUA alumni who live in Europe to feel reconnected."

Poos speaks to the students and alumni who attended the reception.
In addition to a large number of CUA graduates living in the United Kingdom, guests traveled from Italy, Sweden, Latvia, Spain and other countries to attend the reception in Parliament's famed House of Commons.

"We are a global university and getting more global all the time," Poos said. "The fact that we've had such a tremendous response just shows how much interest there is in more international events of this sort."

For the British internships - one of which lasts throughout the spring semester and the other for six weeks during the summer - students work 25 hours per week for MPs at the Palace of Westminster and take classes in legislative politics, history and British drama.