The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars recognized Suffolk University as the 2011 Private University of the Year during a ceremony in Washington D.C. on Monday, Oct. 3.

The award acknowledges consistent and exceptional support provided to students who attend Washington Center internship and academic seminar programs.

College of Arts and Sciences Dean Kenneth Greenberg accepted the award at the Washington Center’s annual Academic Affairs Awards Luncheon at the National Press Club.

“The Washington Center fits Suffolk University’s vision of connecting our students with the rest of the world,” said Greenberg. “The Washington Center is our home in Washington D.C.”

Suffolk University has had an enduring relationship with the Washington Center, with students engaging with the organizations internships and seminars since 1978. Several hundred Suffolk University students have taken part in Washington Center programs, including semester and summer internships and academic seminars.

Student interactions with policymakers and the media have been broadcast on C-Span during a succession of courses in Washington D.C. sponsored by the Government Department.

And in 2004, Suffolk University hosted an international group of Washington Center faculty, staff and nearly 250 students for an academic program that coincided with the Democratic National Convention.