Photo Gallery: Hokies Take the Hill

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Tim Sands meets with students in the Hokies on the Hill program during the Spring 2018 semester.
Tim Sands, president of Virginia Tech, meets with students in the Hokies on the Hill program during the Spring 2018 semester.

Each year a dozen or so Virginia Tech students undertake internships on Capitol Hill, as participants in the Hokies on the Hill program.

Chris Yianilos, executive director of government relations at Virginia Tech and a 1994 graduate of the Department of Political Science, initiated the program in 2010 with the hope that the students would learn not only how the U.S. government works, but also how rewarding a career in public service can be.

A recent highlight of this semester’s program was a March 7 reception for the interns, along with Tim Sands, president of Virginia Tech; Capitol Hill leaders; and other invited guests.

During the reception, Sands thanked Bob Jones (Political Science ’83) and his law firm, Alston & Bird, for their support of Hokies on the Hill internship program. Jones serves as a member of the Dean’s Roundtable at the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

Students enrolled in Hokies on the Hill program, which is administrated through the Department of Political Science, receive a full semester of credit hours for the program. The students intern in congressional offices in both the United States Senate and the House of Representatives, as well as in government relations offices of private companies. In addition to their work, the students meet with government officials and participate in seminars on such topics as health care reform, ethics and integrity in government service, and legislative strategies.

The Hokies on the Hill reception took place at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C.
Horacio Valeiras, a member of the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors, catches up with Tim Sands and Laura Sands.
Horacio Valeiras, a member of the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors, catches up with Tim Sands and Laura Sands.
U.S. Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-Va.) welcomes reception attendees.
U.S. Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), chair of the House Judiciary Committee, adds levity to the reception.
Tim Sands talks about the importance of the Washington, D.C., region to Virginia Tech.
Hokies on the Hill interns meet with leaders on Capitol Hill.
Bob Jones, a 1983 graduate of Virginia Tech in political science, talks with Hokies on the Hill interns.
Allen Jones gives encouragement to interns.
Chris Yianilos (left), executive director of government relations at Virginia Tech and founder of the Hokies on the Hill program, talks with Christopher DeLacy, leader of the Political Law Group at Holland & Knight.
Laura Sands (second from right), a professor of gerontology at Virginia Tech, poses with, from left, Sophie Campos, Katie Mazzola, and Maura Mayorga-Rao.
Tim Sands thanks Bob Jones, a College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences Dean’s Roundtable member, for his support of the Hokies on the Hill program.
Tim Sands thanks Bob Jones, a College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences Dean’s Roundtable member, for his support of the Hokies on the Hill program.
Pete Larkin, a 1985 graduate in communication, serves on the Dean’s Roundtable of the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.
Trying their hands, literally, at the Virginia Tech hand sign are, from left, Bobby Scott, Tim Sands, Allen Jones, and Jim Moran.