Starting in the fall of 2017, Harvard Law School will allow any college junior to submit an application for admission through its Junior Deferral Program (JDP). Under the program, college juniors can be admitted to Harvard Law School on the condition that they successfully finish college and then take a minimum of two years to work, study, or pursue research or fellowship opportunities.
We were fortunate to have Emily join us for this informal occasion to learn about her student days as an IGS major and transition to the Army and adapting her liberal arts education to military life. Emily is currently the CEO and co-founder of Sword & Plough, her upcycling company that re-purposes military surplus into specialty bags and other products, with a mission to strengthen civil-military understanding. She talked about the similarities and differences of military and civilian management positions and briefly reviewed different career path options in the military.
BerlinRosen, a leading progressive political consulting and strategic communications firm, is seeking highly motivated college students and graduates who are interested in getting hands-on experience in issue and campaign strategy, communications, and media advocacy. Interns will learn the basics of high-level communications strategizing and advocacy. The positions are based in New York City and Washington, DC.
Check their website for full details.
As we approach spring break, and you might have more time and mental space to think about career options (like future jobs or internships, or people you know or folks you want to get to know), I wanted to share this great resource. It includes lots of templates with sample language about how to ask for referrals, how to follow up with employers, and how to ask for references. I think it’s really useful. Enjoy.
I liked this short article, and learned about resources like Indivisible and GovTrak
James Lyall is a graduate of Middlebury College, where he majored in art with a minor in classical studies. His law degree is from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Between college and law school, Lyall worked in Boston at the Ballot Initiative Strategy Center, taught in Shanghai, China, and worked as a human rights observer in Chiapas, Mexico. Lyall joined the ACLU of Vermont in 2016 and is the 12th director in the organizations 50-year history. He was previously a staff attorney for the ACLU of Arizona where in 2013 he helped to create the first ACLU satellite office in Tucson, Arizona to investigate and litigate civil rights issues related to the U.S.-Mexico border. Prior to joining the ACLU, James was a law fellow at the Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project in Los Angeles, where he provided legal representation to detained and unaccompanied immigrant children in deportation proceedings.
Here is a good example of a role and organization that might interest you:
Mathematica has in the past hired Research Assistants committed to contributing to the evidence base of what works to improve a range of outcomes in developing country contexts. Candidates should enjoy working in a collaborative environment that emphasizes quality, rigor, critical thinking, teamwork, and professional development.
They have had positions open in offices located in Cambridge, Oakland, Princeton, or Washington, DC, or in our soon-to-open Seattle office.
Mathematica is an internationally recognized nonpartisan research organization that conducts social policy studies in the areas of health, education, nutrition, child development, and related topics in the United States and in developing countries. Our mission is to improve public well-being by bringing the highest standards of quality, objectivity, and excellence to bear on the work we do for government agencies, private foundations, and other private sector organizations. Mathematica has a rapidly growing portfolio of impact evaluations across Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia, and Africa, in education, health, agriculture, infrastructure, and a variety of other fields.
Learn something new by reading this short profile of an alum using his legal skills!
Matthew Venhorst: Following his graduation from Middlebury in 2001 as a SOAN major, Matt earned a Master of Education, with a concentration in Administration, Planning & Social Policy, from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Matt went on to work in the field of institutional research in Dartmouth College’s Office of Evaluation and Research. In that role, Matt analyzed student survey data in preparing reports for college administrators on a broad range of topics related to student life. Matt then attended law school at the University of Connecticut School of Law, graduating with high honors in 2007.
After law school, Matt served as a law clerk at the Connecticut Supreme Court, before entering private practice at the law firm of Shipman & Goodwin, based in Hartford Connecticut. At Shipman & Goodwin, Matt worked in the school law practice group, representing board of education employers in all aspects of school law, including student discipline matters, board of education policy development, and employee and labor relations issues. Since 2010, Matt has served as an an attorney with the Connecticut Department of Education, where he provides general legal advice to Department staff and handles a variety matters including administrative hearings, employee relations matters, regional school district issues, among many others.
This is a great article about young people, especially women, starting to realize the power and effectiveness of running for office. One person featured is Midd alum Bree Baccaglini ’15.