Tag Archives: Government, Law and Policy

PAID internship on Capitol Hill this summer. Act fast!

College to Congress is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to creating pathways for students to intern on Capitol Hill who otherwise could not afford the opportunity – the majority of Congressional internships are unpaid, forcing students to front the bill of a $10,000.00 opportunity. This creates a barrier of entry for students with limited financial means and without political connections.

The program offers leadership training, mentorships, an alumni network, and stipends to cover flights, meals, housing, and a professional wardrobe – in other words all costs are covered. Interns are also paired with a mentor from the opposite party to demonstrate the power of moving beyond partisan conflict and forging compromise.

The program is now accepting applications to fill 20 spots of summer 2018. Deadline to apply is Nov. 24.  Apply online at http://www.collegetocongress.org/apply.

To learn more watch this 2-minute video

CCI-Funded Summer Internships with Onward Israel

Would you like to intern in Israel this summer?  Thanks to a generous donor, CCI is offering three $1500 grants for students to intern in Israel through Onward Israel.  Onward Israel offers students 6-10 week internships in areas ranging from technology, arts, social justice, health, politics and more, to help students gain valuable work experience as well as develop a long-lasting connection with Israel and a strong commitment to Jewish life and community.

Students interested in this opportunity should apply directly to Onward Israel, be accepted, and then contact Cheryl Whitney Lower at CCI.  Awards of $1500 to help cover program fees and airfare will be given on a first-come, first-served basis.  If you are offered and accept this internship, please be aware that your funding for this position is provided by CCI, and therefore you will complete all CCI funding requirements, such as applications and evaluations.  Participation in this program will also be contingent on a 2nd-level travel review by Middlebury’s Global Operations Committee.

Eligible students: first-years, sophomores, and juniors.

Click on the icon below for Onward Israel’s application information.



Hertog Summer Fellowships – with alumna profile

hertogThe Hertog Foundation has opened applications for some exceptional, paid learning opportunities in Washington, DC for Summer 2018.  Hertog is a political education philanthropy with offices in DC and New York, and is dedicated to the support of programs in American intellectual, civic, and political thought.  All the details in Handshake here:  https://app.joinhandshake.com/jobs/1143377

Sydney Fuqua ’13 talks about her experience as an intern and now a staff member at Hertog

sydneyRoughly four years ago, an older MiddKid and friend recommended I talk to Professor Murray Dry about the Hertog Political Studies Program. It was some of the best advice I’ve ever been given.

For six weeks in Summer 2012, the Hertog Foundation provided me with a full scholarship to live and study in Washington, DC. I joined a group of 51 fellows, living at George Washington University and participating in morning classes on political philosophy and policy. Under the guidance of leading scholars and practitioners, we read classic texts and debated public policy. During afternoons, we heard from guest lecturers such as columnists David Brooks and Charles Krauthammer, scholar William Galston, and political commentator Juan Williams. We even visited the Supreme Court and met with Justice Antonin Scalia.

As an undergraduate Political Science and Economics double major, Hertog helped me connect my study of political philosophy with my interest in contemporary politics. I learned how theory and practice interact, and that policy debates are often informed by the big ideas we explore and debate as undergrads.  Hertog offers a place to discuss these ideas with the people who make and influence policy. They cover living expenses in DC and ask only that you to read and discuss thoughtfully.

Today, I work as a Program Manager with the Hertog Foundation. We are currently recruiting outstanding undergraduates and recent grads to join us next summer for either the full seven-week Hertog Political Studies Fellowship or shorter seminars within the program. All offerings include tuition, housing, course materials, and a stipend. Our courses cover a range of topics, including Literature and Politics, American Political Thought, War Studies, and political philosophy.

Over the next few months, my colleagues and I will be reviewing applications, answering questions, putting together course readers, working with faculty, and scheduling speakers. I would be thrilled to have a contingent of Middlebury applications to read.

Do you love solving tough problems with data? Check out the Boston Analytics summer fellowship


Founded in 2015, the City of Boston’s Analytics Team uses data and technology to make life better for everyone who lives and works in Boston. Mayor Walsh created our team with the goal of developing innovative programs and improving performance across all parts of City government. Our work directly tackles many of Boston’s greatest challenges, from public health and education to transit access and economic mobility, and our team plays a key role in major City initiatives such as Imagine Boston 2030 and Vision Zero. We also support departments throughout the City by providing the tools, infrastructure, and expertise to empower every City program to make data a central part of their day-to-day workflows.

All the details here:  https://app.joinhandshake.com/jobs/1091831

Winter Term Internship Spotlight: Oratory Now (Apps due 11/15)

Oratory Now is a student-centered initiative to reinvent the way oral expression is taught, practiced, and recognized at Middlebury College. Taking place both inside and outside the classroom, the multifaceted program consists of experienced peer tutors who help students develop their public-speaking skills—ultimately helping to shape a college-wide oratory program.  

The internship does not require any prior public speaking ability, though there will be opportunities to develop public speaking skills if the intern so chooses.

This internship will give a Middlebury student the opportunity to explore a range of professional skill building that could include event production, promotion and management, advertising/PR/marketing, video and assessment analytics, coach-training curriculum development and more. The Oratory Now Winter Term Intern will work on-campus and assignments may include a combination of the following:

  • Planning and managing the Commons Championship speaking competitions with 5-10 nominated contestants in each of the 5 Commons: Atwater, Brainerd, Wonnacott, Cook and Ross
  • Coordination with residence hall staff to confirm space, equipment, food and beverage, etc
  • Raise awareness of events through social media, postering and other creative strategies
  • Contribute to the continued development of the Oratory Now coach training curriculum through analysis of videos, self-assessment results and other metrics
  • Raise general awareness of Oratory Now programs and services among Students, Faculty and the greater campus community through ad hoc projects that leverage and develop the intern’s personal interests and professional skills

For a full list of qualifications, as well as additional details on the internship description, click here. Application deadline: Wednesday, November 15th (apply in Handshake).

Mock Law Admissions Panel: Nov 16

Behind the Law Admissions Curtain:  What Happens After You Hit Submit?  Join representatives from Richmond Law School, Seton Hall Law School and Notre Dame Law School to get an inside peek at how law schools review applications.

 What does it REALLY take to get in to your top law school?  Is it all just about the “numbers”?  Find out how an Admissions Committee considers your law school application – whether it’s at your “stretch school” or your “safety school”.

Whether you intend to apply to the schools presenting this program or not, this presentation will be eye-opening and you will take away candid, “inside” information that will help you be the “Yes – Admit” applicant wherever you choose to apply.

Come prepared for a lively, interactive exercise!   Open to all students, all majors, whether you are applying soon or later.

Thursday, November 16 at 12:30 pm in Adirondack House library.  RSVP in Handshake here.

How Automation is Changing Legal Work

I thought this story produced by NPR was really fascinating.  Do you agree or not? As you consider work in the legal field, are these realistic concerns?

Check it out here, it’s a short read, only 3 minutes:  https://www.npr.org/sections/alltechconsidered/2017/11/07/561631927/from-post-it-notes-to-algorithms-how-automation-is-changing-legal-work