Co-Curriculum: A Look at Each Year


What is it?

Madeira's award-winning experiential learning program, providing every student with 5 weeks of community service experience, a Capitol Hill internship, and a career-oriented placement.

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9th Grade

Building Strength

Important social, educational, and professional skills, such as public speaking, resume writing and team building are developed, preparing students for off-campus internships.

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10th Grade

Serving Others

Girls begin to expand their vision to their local communities. During one 5-week module, the sophomore class travels off campus daily to work with community groups, such as Special Olympics, Calleva Farm, and Garfield Elementary School.

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11th Grade

Effecting a Change

Juniors have the unique experience of interning on Capitol Hill, most often in a Senate or Congressional Office. This gives students the valuable perspective of how government operates.

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12th Grade

Pursuing a Passion

With three years of experience, girls are ready to make their internship their own. With guidance from the Co-Curriculum Office, seniors secure internships to explore something that might become a lifelong interest.

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Sports and Recreation, 2010-Present

“Because of the Madeira Co-Curriculum program, I was able to be at Rolling Acres Farm in Florida for the entire winter, working and shadowing them."

Hanna Powers '15
Education, 1990-1999

"My time at Tubman, and Madeira, opened my eyes to topics of race, equity, diversity, and public education. These issues continue to drive my heart and work."

Erica Stukel Probst '96

In 1993 I was a new sophomore boarder, a young woman from the Midwest new to the East Coast, new to a diverse community of friends, a successful student new to academic challenge, and new to Harriet Tubman Elementary in DC.

A lot of new. I was nervous about being away from home, nervous about a new community of friends, nervous about success in the classroom, and nervous about walking into a Wednesday job in a school that required me to buzz in and show identification. A lot of nerves. Harriet Tubman Elementary is 98% students of color. There were a few double takes as a I, a white student from a boarding school, walked in the door on Wednesdays. The kindergarten teacher I worked with was so grateful for the help, the students hugged me, and the staff included me. I was new and nervous to so much that I had to let it all go and just experience what was in front of me. I always knew that I wanted to be a teacher. I am a teacher in the most diverse public school in our state and in a community that borders one of the most segregated cities in the country.

Erica Stukel Probst '96
Politics, 1990-1999

"All those writing skills and personal skills that I learned as a Madeira intern on the Hill are things that I still use today in my career."

Sara Akbar '92

I had a great experience with Co-Curriculum on the Hill.

I loved my office, and they thought I was so smart because I went to Madeira. Everyone else I worked with was probably 23 or still in college, and they were incredibly intimidated to be on Capitol Hill. And I wasn't, because this is what Madeira girls do.

Sara Akbar '92
Politics, 2000-2009

"On Capitol Hill, I had wonderful conversations about politics and other subjects and was able to converse so comfortably with people who were older than me."

Kemi Adegoroye '09

I remember being scared to work on Capitol Hill at the beginning of my junior year.

I didn't think I'd have anything to say to congressional staffers. But I loved my internship. These were some of my first experiences networking in an office environment. Those months on Capitol Hill helped prepare me for all the networking that I have done since. I have been able to strike up conversations and connections with people in a variety of different industries, no matter their position. And I am able to do that because I know what it's like to be a 16 year old working on Capitol Hill and discussing important subjects with important people. Those internships also gave me connections to people that have lasted for years and have led to all sorts of new opportunities after Madeira. All of this is due to my experiences with Co-Curriculum. I am so grateful that I was given so many amazing opportunities at such a young age and I am glad other girls have gotten to benefit from similar experiences too! Go Co-Curriculum!

Kemi Adegoroye '09
Arts, Politics, 1980-1989

"Co-Curriculum caught my eye. It totally blew my mind."

Panithaya Chareonthaitawee, MD '83

I spent junior year on Capitol Hill and senior year at the Museum of Natural History putting together exhibits.

I was working down in the basement of the museum. It was amazing. It allowed me to feel comfortable working with different groups of people. What ultimately came out of that was the knowledge that I like to work with people and to help people.

To know what you're going to like to do, you have to try Co-Curriculum.

Panithaya Chareonthaitawee, MD '83