Tag Archives: Government, Law and Policy

US Senate will finally pay interns

“In the past two years, DaQuawn Bruce received news — not once, but twice — that he had dreamed of since middle school. He had been accepted into two competitive internship programs on Capitol Hill, opportunities that swarms of students vie for every year.

But Mr. Bruce, who graduated last month from Carthage College in Wisconsin, had to turn down both of them. The internships were unpaid, and his family in Chicago, which relies solely on his mother’s income, could not afford to send him to Washington to work for nothing.

“By the time I got offers for internships,” he said, “I wasn’t in a place to accept them, no matter how great the opportunities were.”

Now, in a bid to open Washington’s halls of power to more economically diverse students like Mr. Bruce, the Senate has allocated $5 million to compensate all of its interns. The money — approximately $50,000 per Senate office — will become available if it is approved by the House, and then only at the start of the next fiscal year, Oct. 1. But the Senate measure is the first widespread organized congressional effort in two decades to ensure such payments.”

Read the rest of the story from the NY Times here.

Apply now to the US State Department Virtual Internship program

The U.S. Department of State is currently accepting applications for the Virtual Student Federal Service (VSFS).

The Virtual Student Federal Service is the largest virtual internship program in the world! This year we will offer 1,500 positions with 50+ federal agencies. VSFS offers unique mentoring and exposure to job opportunities within the U.S. government.

Each year, applications are open to U.S. college students during the entire month of July on USAJOBS. Real experience is waiting for students across the federal government, including at NASA, Smithsonian, U.S. Department of State, Forest Service, Indian Health Service, CIA, National Park Service and others. Learn more about the projects offered for 2018 through 2019. To #ApplyinJuly to their top three projects, students must log on to USAJOBS, create an account, build a resume, write a statement of interest, and upload a transcript.

Students play an important role in moving the government forward from analog to digital. There’s something for everyone: graphic design, research, mapping, videography, history, analysis, marketing, community management, writing, calculation, policy planning, app development, and more!

Invite to Global Leadership Summit in DC: June 10-12

The United Nations Association-USA would like to personally invite Middlebury students with an interest in global affairs and advocacy to the UNA-USA Global Leadership Summit June 10-12 in Washington, DC. Students will meet with high-ranking U.S. Government and UN officials, learn from global experts, gain invaluable leadership tools, and urge Congress to stand with the UN. Middlebury students can register for free using the code “GenUN_Scholarship2018” – as long as you plan to attend all 3 days of the Summit (June 10-12).

Travel and housing scholarships are available on a limited basis. Selected participants will receive a travel scholarship (reimbursement for up to $350 for food, registration, and travel to Washington, D.C.), and will receive free housing in the GW dorm housing block. Students should be committed to leading UNA chapters at their schools, and be available to participate in the entire Summit. Apply for the scholarship here by May 11.

Here’s a sneak peek of a few of the session topics that will be covered at the Summit:

  • Human Rights: Thinking Globally, Acting Locally
  • Saving Our Planet
  • Careers at the United Nations
  • Becoming Informed UN Advocates
  • Educating Global Students: Model UN and Global Classrooms


Top 100 Law Firms – from the new VAULT resource

Now in its 20th edition, the Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms is the most comprehensive, candid, up-to-date guide to the top law firms.

The Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms features a ranking of the nation’s most prestigious law firms, as well as practice area, regional, quality of life, diversity, and summer associate program rankings. The guide provides a glimpse of life inside BigLaw, with detailed profiles of the Vault Law 100 firms. Our in-depth entries feature contact and salary information, perks, major practice areas, firm overviews, quotes from firm insiders, and more.

Vault.com provides in-depth intelligence on what it’s really like to work in an industry, company or profession—and how to position yourself to land that job.

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How a Common Job Interview Question Fuels the Gender Pay Gap (and How to Stop It)

“Aileen Rizo was training math teachers in the public schools in Fresno, Calif., when she discovered that her male colleagues with comparable jobs were being paid significantly more.

She was told there was a justifiable reason: Employees’ pay was based on their salaries at previous jobs, and she had been paid less than they had earlier in their careers.

Ms. Rizo, who is now running for the California State Assembly, sued. In April, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled in her favor, saying that prior salary could not be used to justify a wage gap between male and female employees.

It’s the latest sign that this has become the policy of choice for shrinking the gender pay gap. Several states, cities and companies have recently banned asking about salary history. They include Massachusetts, California, New York City and Chicago, as well as Amazon, Google and Starbucks.”

Read the rest of the New York Times piece here.


Intern in London with the US-UK Fulbright Commission

The US-UK Fulbright Commission in London is seeking applicants for our internship programme for summer and autumn 2018. The US-UK Fulbright Commission fosters mutual cultural understanding between the US and UK through educational exchange in two ways: through our awards programme and advisory service. Interns join a small, but dynamic and highly-motivated team of staff. We try to ensure interns have a 50-50 balance between our day-to-day work and special projects they take ownership over.

Internships are a great fit for UK students who have had study experience in the US, American study abroad students seeking to maximize their time in London, or for recent graduates able to come to the UK on BUNAC’s Intern in Britain programme.  Please note applicants must demonstrate the legal right to work in the UK, most commonly via a Tier 4 Student Visa or Tier 5 for BUNAC.  For more information, see this link.

In previous years, interns have come from international relations, marketing, communications, political science, international/higher education, student affairs, education or non-profit backgrounds.  However, we welcome applicants from all fields and are looking for students with a keen interest in our work.

Internships are unpaid and may be offered full-time or on a part-time basis around students’ class schedules. Internships may vary from one to six months in length.

To apply, students may email a CV and covering letter to intern@fulbright.org.uk, with the subject line “Awards Internship” or “Advising Internship”. We are reviewing applications on a rolling basis, and hope to secure posts asap!

Full details about the available internships can be found here

Opinion: Philosophy Prepared Me for a Career in Finance and Government

Check out this opinion piece from Robert E. Rubin in the New York Times.  He was Secretary of the Treasury from 1995 to 1999, and is now senior counselor to Centerview Partners.

One of my favorite quotes: “I concluded that you can’t prove anything in absolute terms, from which I extrapolated that all significant decisions are about probabilities. Internalizing the core tenet of Professor Demos’s teaching — weighing risk and analyzing odds and trade-offs — was central to everything I did professionally in the decades ahead in finance and government.”

Read the short piece read here