Halfway: a photo essay

By Jack Hellie

The #DrakeInDC gang is halfway through our intensive, experiential, and fast paced peak inside Washington, D.C. The last seven days have been jam packed with meeting folks who work in this town, and hearing what they each do. But these folks were once in our shoes. Our Nation’s capital is stuffed with Drake alumni, and connecting with them where they work takes our course from experiential and intensive to experiential and invaluable.

One Bulldog casts votes on behalf of Iowans by serving in the U.S. House of Representatives. Another Bulldog is working to bring the Special Olympics to the farthest corners of the earth. And a Bulldog keeps our markets more transparent working for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. From the Department of Agriculture, to the Department of State, Drake is represented well in Washington, D.C.

Here is a brief look at where we’ve been, who we’ve met, and what we’ve seen.


The sun sets over the Washington Monument.


Drake alumn Lanon Baccam, Deputy Under Secretary, Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services shares what he does, and how he got there.


Dr. Rachel Caufield (left) and junior Alex Freeman (right) speak inside the United States Supreme Court, invariably about judicial politics.


(From left) Courtney Jasper, Josh Hughes and Jack Feldman wait for the rest of the group outside of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.


Drake graduates Paul Doucette (right) and Matt Thornblad (left) speak about their work as lobbyists.


Drake alum David Young, Congressman from Iowa’s third congressional district, shakes hand with senior Zachary Blevins.


Sarah Binder, a senior fellow at Brookings Institute, spoke to Drake students about the institution of Congress.


The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial stands against the cold January wind.


Drake senior Tim Webber listens as Drake graduates share their experiences working as lobbyists in Washington, D.C.


Drake graduate Congressman David Young speaks to the Presidential Inauguration J-Term.


Drake graduate Bryan Klopack, the director of corporate partnerships for Special Olympics, meets with Drake Students.


A Drake student takes a picture of the Marine Corps War Memorial in Washington, D.C.


Junior Alex Freeman stands outside of the United States Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.




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