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Nonproliferation Studies summer internship in Monterey, CA

Students will have the opportunity to work at one of the foremost policy institutions consulting on nonproliferation issues.  The internship includes direct classroom training by CNS faculty, paid work on professional research projects on a full-time basis, and opportunity to experience top-level policymaking among the key international stakeholders in the nonproliferation regime.

Previous research projects with students range from open source and geospatial methods of identifying nuclear facilities, to a social media analysis of public discourse related to the Iranian nuclear deal. The work that CNS does is broad and interdisciplinary, and ranges from highly technical scientific techniques, to the broader political and institutional factors influencing the global nonproliferation regime.  It is appropriate for social science students, as well as natural science students that might have an interest in working on projects in this area

The application deadline is February 16.  Now is a great time to consider your professional development over the summer and consider this privileged opportunity to gain important professional experience.  You can apply at the following: http://sites.miis.edu/summerintern/apply/


Century Foundation PAID summer internship

These opportunities sound amazing!  TCF likes to call themselves “the 100 year old policy start up”.

Internships vary each year but the research and writing you do help advance TCF’s work, so it really seems like they are intent on making it a meaningful experience.

Internships fall in three broad areas:

  1. Policy Research and Analysis
  2. Editorial and Communications
  3. Nonprofit Management

In the past, our policy research interns have covered topics as various as socio-economic diversity in public schools, the Affordable Care Act, public-private partnerships for building infrastructure, income disparity and U.S. policy in the Middle East.

On the editorial and communications side, interns have developed graphic design projects, built websites, digitally archived old TCF books, and edited the work of fellows and interns.

For nonprofit management, interns will help develop and implement a funding strategy for a particular policy area, or work on a business recovery plan.

Deadline is Tuesday, February 14 so act fast.  All details here: http://tcfinstitute.org/

And did I mention it is paid?  $5,000 for 8 weeks.

Hertog Summer Fellowships – with alumna profile

The 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

sydneyDuring my junior year, 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.

US-China Relations: conversation with alumni in DC on Monday (tomorrow!) night

Check out this amazing discussion with several alumni with different vantage points about US-China policy.  The guests will discuss the realities influencing this topic, including security, trade, and international relations among the US and nations in the region.  November 13 at 7 pm in Library 105 AB.

Harvard Kennedy School Public Policy and Leadership Conference



The 18th annual Harvard Kennedy School Public Policy and Leadership Conference (PPLC) will take place February 8-11, 2018. The conference aims to increase the diversity of students pursuing graduate programs in public policy and international affairs by informing students about opportunities for graduate study and careers in both domestic and international public policy.  Please note only first and second year undergraduate students who are U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or DACA recipients are eligible to apply.

The conference will take place on the HKS campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts. All conference expenses are covered by HKS.  The intensive three days of workshops, panels, and lectures is designed to encourage students who possess a commitment to public service, particularly those from historically underserved communities and people of color.  While on campus, participants will learn about:

  • Careers in public service
  • Domestic and international policy issues
  • Fellowship programs
  • Summer Public Policy and International Affairs Institutes
  • Graduate schools that offer programs in public policy
  • Student life

The online application is available here. The deadline to apply is November 8

Public Policy & International Affairs Program app due Nov 1

ppiaThe Public Policy & International Affairs Program (PPIA) is now accepting applications for the 2018 PPIA Fellowship!

The PPIA program prepares undergraduates to be competitive candidates for top degree programs in the fields of public policy, public administration or international affairs through participation in a Junior Summer Institute (JSI).  JSI is an intensive, 7-week, academic program during the summer at one of these host campuses:

  • The Ford School – University of Michigan
  • The Goldman School – UC Berkeley
  • Heinz College – Carnegie Mellon University
  • Woodrow Wilson School – Princeton University
  • Humphrey School – University of Minnesota

Eligible candidates are current undergrads who will be completing their B.A. between December 2018 and August 2019. The deadline to apply is November 1.

Apply here:  https://www.ppiaprogram.org/ppia/what-we-do/junior-summer-institutes/how-to-apply/