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Co-Curriculum: A Look at Each Year

Co-Curriculum

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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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
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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
Politics, Nonprofit, 2010-Present

"All the little things that Madeira teaches you, like being punctual, speaking with adults, and always giving your best effort, prepared me."

Elfrieda Nwabunnia '17
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I think of freshman year as a metaphorical and physical leap of faith. I was scared of heights, but as part of an Inner Quest zipline activity I had to get over that and jump. Despite not feeling confident in my public speaking skills, I had to stand up and speak in front of my teachers and friends. I learned to trust in my own abilities and those of the people around me, and that really prepared me for my work tutoring students my sophomore year. Going into junior year, I was confident that I had the skills to work on the Hill. As a senior at Voice of America, I'm helping worldwide initiatives for freedom of expression and democracy.

Elfrieda Nwabunnia '17
Science, 2010-Present

"I learned how to assert myself in a group of men much older than me, many life skills such as hitching a trailer to a truck, and most importantly, not to assume I know what a job entails from the title. "

Lena Badr '11
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My senior year at Madeira I had the unique opportunity to intern with Victoria Monroe, a Fairfax wildlife biologist.

When I first started, I thought that I would be collecting leaves, testing water samples, and anything else that encompassed my naive idea of what a wildlife biologist did. However, it turned out to be the complete opposite of what I expected! Victoria, in fact, ran the biggest deer management program in the nation. I spent my days with volunteer hunters accompanying them on hunts, learning how to check local deer for diseases, and surveying parks for environmental damage due to overpopulation. While it was definitely a unique experience, and I learned a lot from my time with Victoria. I learned how to assert myself in a group of men much older than me, many life skills such as hitching a trailer to a truck, and most importantly not to assume I know what a job entails from the title. Overall, I am very thankful for Madeira supporting me through this experience. It has not only shaped me as a woman, but has also provided me with a very interesting story to share.

Lena Badr '11
Sports and Recreation, 2010-Present
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“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
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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