Career Discovery Tour: Washington, D.C.

March 12-17, 2017

Career Discovery Tours

The Career Discovery Tour is a program committed to further expanding student-alumni career networking opportunities. In 2014, the program was recognized with the “Best Student Alumni Programming” award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

Offered twice annually, during fall and spring breaks, the Career Discovery Tour provides 12-15 students the opportunity to travel for a week to vibrant cities across the United States to gain first-hand knowledge of a variety of careers directly from successful Ripon alumni and friends. Constituent Engagement staff accompany students on the tour and help to design meeting schedules and flex time that meets the needs of most students. Previous trips have included Boston, Chicago, Minneapolis and Washington, D.C. This critical engagement opportunity is made possible with support from the Alumni Board and others.

Tour Details

Ripon College will be traveling to Washington, D.C., for the Spring 2017 Career Discovery Tour. Deadline to apply is Dec. 5, 2016.

Tour Dates

March 12-17, 2017


  • Trustee Susan Meier ’79, principal/Meier and Associates
  • Tamara Browne ’80, director of government affairs/Schagrin Associates
  • Judge Peter Messitte, senior judge/United States District Court for the District of Maryland
  • Nicole Malli ’15, anthropology graduate student/George Washington University; Slave Wrecks Project Manager/National Museum of African American History & Culture
  • Lt. Chris Kochanski ’11, information warfare officer/U.S. Navy
  • Jessie Lillis ’13, recruiting manager/The Advisory Board Company
  • Sophia Kaounas ’14, paralegal/Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP
  • Kathryn Schultz ’89, senior adviser/Bureau of International Security and Nuclear Nonproliferation, U.S. Department of State
  • Susan Bundock ’82, executive producer of American History TV/C-SPAN
  • COL Gregg Petersen ’78 (ret.), Defense Industry Consultant/Cypress International
  • Gary Yerkey ’66, author and journalist
  • David Schwarz ’65, senior program analyst/Environmental Protection Agency

Previous D.C. site visits have included: C-SPAN, Library of Congress, U.S. Department of State, Supreme Court, U.S. Capitol, Arlington National Cemetery, and more!


$400 per student, includes travel costs, lodging and most meals. Financial assistance available to those who qualify.

Apply for the Career Discovery Tour: Washington, D.C.

Please fill out this application by Monday, December 5
  • Accepted file types: pdf, word.
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