The Washington Center PictureTapping into International Connections
Thanasi Christoforou

Experiential learning opportunities are often the highlight of many students’ educational experiences at Anna Maria College, whether through required clinical programs, practicums, or student teaching, or through elective internships.  Electing his internship was the case for Thanasi Christoforou, a senior Criminal Justice major, who in the fall 2012 semester interned through The Washington Center (TWC) in Washington, D.C., at INTERPOL (International Criminal Police Organization) Washington. 


INTERPOL Washington’s Mission is to advance the law enforcement interests of the U.S. as the official representative to this international organization, to share criminal justice, humanitarian, and public safety information between our nation’s law enforcement community and its foreign counterparts and to facilitate transnational investigative efforts that enhance the safety and security of our nation.


Thanasi’s experience at TWC included not only the internship but also a Leadership forum and various civic engagement experiences. He describes his time with INTERPOL as “extraordinary and an opportunity to advance in the professional world and gain a head start that is truly unique.”