ASP Welcomes Our Fall 2018 Cohort

We are having a blast with our Fall 2018 group of students.  This semester, students from all over the country have joined us here in Washington, DC for the Public Policy course as well as intensive internships.  Students will intern at law firms, Capitol Hill Senate and Congressional offices, think tanks, nonprofits, and even the Department of Justice.

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Over the past two weeks, our ASP staff have worked to build a firm foundation for the students before they begin their internships around the city.  To strengthen the students’ knowledge of the city, the group explored DC on foot, by bus, by bike, and by Metro to put into practice the information from their orientation sessions (“stand on the right, walk on the left!”).  Here we are on the way to Eastern Market to catch the bus!

After a day of discussions about the importance of investing in the city, especially the difference between federal Washington and the city of D.C., the students took in a free concert overlooking the Anacostia River in the bustling new neighborhood of Navy Yard.  We were lucky to get to see the U.S. Navy Band’s Country Current on such a beautiful evening.

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And last but not at all least, students took professional head shots for their new LinkedIn profiles.  Orientation emphasizes the importance of establishing personal relationships as part of the networking process.  Online networking is also so important, and the students’ profiles are ready to wow everyone who looks them up in the future.  Stay tuned to learn about the students’ internships and how much they will learn here in the nation’s capital.

 

Internship Spotlight II {Spring 2018}

Sophia Jimenez, Azusa Pacific UniversitySophia Jimenez, internship

I am interning for Congresswoman Mimi Walters (CA-45). She is a rising political figure, and so it has been a great experience to be around the fast-paced environment of her office. During my time here, the Congresswoman has created an amendment to a bill (the Walters Amendment) that will help the victims of online sex trafficking receive restitution. The amendment has been applauded by human rights organizations for the protection that it will provide victims, namely young girls who have been manipulated into trafficking online. I am honored to be part of an office that pursues justice and prosecutes its offenders.

Interning on the Hill has allowed me to be in the middle of all the political action. As an intern, you are able to attend congressional briefings with some of the most influential senators and representatives. These experiences have helped me to stay in-the-know about the most pressing issues at home and abroad. I was surprised at the amount of access that an intern receives in the Capitol building and the House and Senate buildings. Interns are granted authorization into nearly every office, providing a direct connection to some of the most powerful offices in the country.

 

Kuriakos Pyros, Southeastern University

Kurk Pyros, internshipThe American Studies Program has provided an excellent opportunity for me to gain real world experience, and I’ve greatly enjoyed my time as the K-12 Education Intern at the Philanthropy Roundtable (TPR). As a non-profit advocacy organization, TPR helps philanthropists find productive and effective methods for educational improvement donations. I’ve completed research on over 100 donors in the philanthropic space to provide demographic and personal backgrounds. My research has been used in context of a national forum in Memphis, Tennessee where over 150 TPR members gathered to discuss the next steps in educational philanthropic giving.

Lessons that I’ve learned from these experiences are not only applicable in my future career, but also apply to my personal and relational development. Research has taught me to manage my time well and to develop an effective work ethic. I think I’ve learned a lot from simply being in the professional work space, which is something I couldn’t learn in a classroom. Workplace culture and interactions were a big learning curve for me in the beginning of the semester, and I’m grateful for the support from ASP and the feedback from my supervisors who have helped me grow as an intern and a person.

 

Cameron Walker, Olivet Nazarene UniversityCameron Walker, internship

During my time in DC with the American Studies Program, I have had the privilege of interning at the Washington National Cathedral, in the Department of Cathedral Programming. My time thus far has included planning special events for Black History Month, working with the Cathedral’s Veterans Ministry, and running a week-long series of programming that we call Seeing Deeper. In my work, I have also had the distinct honor of meeting renowned authors and speakers, including Brené Brown and Senator John Lewis. It has been both daunting and thrilling to work in a place that is known as a “Spiritual Home for the Nation,” especially as we planned a sold-out vigil the night before the “March for Our Lives” in Washington.

While I get to work in the sixth largest cathedral in the world, I am also proud to call the Cathedral my home church here in DC. Nothing has been more special than attending a noon service during my lunch break and then evensong every day after work. My supervisor recently reminded us in a staff meeting that the work we are doing is for the Kingdom of God, as every employee is helping the Cathedral family to work as the hands and feet of Jesus. As my time at the Cathedral becomes shorter and shorter, I am reminded of how blessed I have been to spend this semester working for this “House of Prayer for All People.”  I will be forever grateful for this experience, interning in one of the holiest places I have ever encountered.

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Internship Spotlight I {Spring 2018}

Andrew Currier, Malone University

Andrew Currier, Habitat for HumanityI am interning at Habitat for Humanity International as a Global Advocacy Intern. The work I do revolves around advocacy on a global scale. We are working on guaranteeing land rights to people around the world who are in need of affordable housing. The first step in getting this housing is changing the policies and laws in place that prevent the poor— and specifically poor women— from accessing this basic right.

My office is great! We just had our annual Habitat on the Hill conference this past week, where we hosted Habitat for Humanity affiliates and state organizations from around the country to lobby for adequate housing funding and legislation. I met with Senator Rob Portman (Ohio) and Congressman Jim Jordan (OH-4). Supporting the staff in holding this conference helped to orient me in my new position and feel like an integral member of the office! I’ve learned how many different pieces actually go into housing legislation that will make decent housing for everyone a reality!

 

Erin Harrison, Southern Wesleyan University

Erin Harrison, Rep. Duncan

I have had the honor of interning with Congressman Jeff Duncan (SC-3). As a South Carolina native, the opportunity to intern on Capitol Hill with my local representative has given me firsthand insight into the legislative process. My responsibilities vary from answering phone calls, to offering Capitol tours, attending hearings and briefings, and even conducting research for legislative staffers. One of my fondest and greatest experiences so far has been attending the Air Force Readiness Posture hearing for the House Armed Services Committee. I was able to listen to some of the Air Force’s highest-ranking leaders as they discussed what has been or needs to be done to ensure that our military is ready and capable for any threat or obstacle. As a member of a military family, this opportunity was quite special for me.

Perhaps the greatest lesson that I have learned in this first month at work has been the lesson of the little things. As an intern, many tasks seem mundane and repetitive. But through my work, I have learned that exceeding expectations in these mundane and repetitive tasks is what makes the important tasks more exciting and also makes me stand out as an intern. A willingness to do well and follow directions in the small tasks proves to the office— and everyone else watching on the Hill— that I am serious about serving the residents of my home district and that I am not taking my time here for granted. I cannot wait to see what the rest of my internship holds!

 

Samuel Tsuma, Oral Roberts University

Samuel Tsuma, CAIR

This semester, I am interning with the Capitol Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) Coalition, a non-profit organization that provides support to immigrants who are detained and are in the process of the deportation hearings. Most of my day-to-day interaction is with the legal assistants in the Detained Adult Program (DAP), which is one of the two programs that CAIR runs to provide legal assistance to detainees held at detention centers in Maryland and Virginia. My other duties include helping the staff attorneys and legal assistants to meet their deadlines for filing at the immigration court.

I am excited to be interning at the CAIR Coalition because the staff is very welcoming and supportive, and they have invited me to take on more responsibilities as time progresses. My internship provides me with the opportunity to interact with real people who are seeking relief from deportation by applying for asylum. On a recent jail visit to the Howard County Detention Center, I had the privilege of interviewing some of the detainees as well as provide information from their attorneys as a volunteer. Unlike in the criminal court system, immigration detainees who are in deportation proceedings do not have the constitutional right to a public defender. Therefore, the CAIR Coalition plays a significant role in ensuring justice in the system by assisting the detainees in understanding their cases and so that they can better address the charges raised against them in court.

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These Are a Few of Our Favorite Things {Spring 2018}

The ASP Class of Spring 2018 has been in Washington, DC for just over two weeks. In that short amount of time– in addition to orientation and coursework– we have visited museums, toured the monuments at night, cheered on the Washington Wizards at a NBA game, volunteered with an after-school ministry, and have become experienced Metro riders.

Here are just a few of our favorite things about our time in DC so far:

The City of Washington

  1. “I love that wherever you go, the neighborhoods have a different feel. You can hop on the Metro, get off two stops later, and be in a completely different and unique neighborhood.”
    • Andrew Currier, Malone University
  2. “My favorite thing about DC is the history that is found in most of the buildings here. I love living in a place where major historical events have happened and are continuing to happen.”
    • Sophia Jimenez, Azusa Pacific University
  3. “I love running and seeing the beautiful, easy-to-navigate city. So far, I’ve seen 51 dogs on my runs! How life giving!”
    • Emiko Macaluso, Gordon College
  4. “Washington, DC is a very friendly area. I was surprised to find that it doesn’t have a big city feel. The atmosphere is welcoming.”
    • Shanell Nieuwendorp, Northwestern College

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We’re Going Places

  1. “The different forms of transportation are quite interesting; using a bus, Metro, and bikes are all unique and fun ways to explore the city!”
    • Kurk Pyros, Southeastern University
  2. “The Dellenback Center [where we live] is located in the heart of the city, and is walking distance to almost all of the history that is available to explore.”
    • Hazal Senkoyuncu, Trinity Western University
  3. “I have been surprised by how quickly we have figured out the bus system.”
    • Anna Strothers, Northwest University
  4. “Worshiping with 4,000 other Christians in the packed National Cathedral!”
    • Cameron Walker, Olivet Nazarene University
  5. “My favorite thing about DC is being so close to so many exciting places to see and experience.”
    • Natasha Wilson, Corban University

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Inside the beautiful Kogod Courtyard at the National Portrait Gallery. Pro tip: This is one of the quietest locations in DC– great for studying!


Building a Community

  1. “I have been (pleasantly) surprised by how quickly fellowship and friendship have formed among the group.”
    • Alex Leasure, Erskine College
  2. “This program is great! I love getting to know all of the other students from so many different places.  It is excited to explore this city with them.”
    • Amanda Stevenson, Erskine College
  3. “This semester, I am most excited about my internship, living on my own in a new place, and connecting with other young professionals.”
    • Diana Gutierrez, Azusa Pacific University
  4. “I came into the program a little worried about how I only knew one other person here. But I have been pleasantly surprised at how well we have all gotten along in such a short amount of time.”
    • Caleb White, Malone University

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Internships and Mentorships

  1. “I am looking forward to starting my internship with the office of Congressman Doug Lamborn (CO).”
    • Andrew Franklin, East Texas Baptist University
  2. “Some things that make me excited about DC and the program are my internship with Representative Jeff Duncan (SC), the richness of the history in this city, and how many new things there are to try!”
    • Erin Harrison, Southern Wesleyan University
  3. “I am excited about the chance to work with and be mentored by Christian leaders in nation’s capital.”
    • Chanel Odom-Jones, Trinity Christian College
  4. “What makes me excited about the American Studies Program are the opportunities to make a difference while learning from experienced professionals at our internships.”
    • Samuel Tsuma, Oral Roberts University

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We got free t-shirts at the Washington Wizards’ game!

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[L to R] Amanda Stevenson (Erskine College) and Shanell Nieuwendorp (Northwestern College) listen as Alex Leasure (Erskine College) describes his secret phrase in Fishbowl.

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[L to R] Emiko Macaluso (Gordon College), Amanda Stevenson (Erskine College), Shanell Nieuwendorp (Northwestern College), and ASP Program Administrator Hannah Wasco, outside the White House.

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Catching the sunset the from roof of the Dellenback Center! [L to R: Kurk Pyros (Southeastern University), Sophia Jimenez (Azusa Pacific University), Erin Harrison (Southern Wesleyan University), Cameron Walker (Olivet Nazarene University), Alex Leasure (Erskine College), and Andrew Currier (Malone University)]

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Internship Spotlight II {Fall 2017}

Dagoberto Acevedo, Bluefield College

Dagoberto Acevedo, Active Minds Conference

Dagoberto (right) with a fellow intern at the Active Minds National Conference.

I am interning at Active Minds, a non-profit organization that advocates for mental health awareness. I work in Speakers Bureau Department, where I assist with different outreach programs, construct a variety of visuals used by the organization, aid with any logistical work that is needed, and much more. The office environment is encouraging and welcoming, with many opportunities for the interns to interact with other department heads as well as with each other.  At my internship, I have been able to further enhance my professional skills while also gaining new ones. Besides the day-to-day office work, I have been able to represent Active Minds in Congressional briefings that revolve around mental health, participate in professional development workshops, write blogs for the website, and attend the Active Minds National Conference. I feel honored to have been given this experience, as it has pushed me to grow both professionally and spiritually. I️ have gained more appreciation for speaking for those who are too afraid to speak for themselves.

 

Teague Broquard, John Brown University

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Teague takes in a spectacular view of the city from the top of the U.S. Capitol dome.

During my semester at ASP, I have had the pleasure of interning for my U.S. Representative, Congressman Steve Womack (AR-3). As an intern on Capitol Hill, my duties vary from answering phone calls, leading Capitol tours, attending hearings and briefings, to decorating our office Christmas tree for the holiday season. I think the greatest lesson I’ve learned over the semester is the importance of listening well. When the Chief of Staff is giving me directions for a project, I need to be listening and be thinking of clarifying questions if necessary. This also carries over into answering phone calls. I’ve realized that many people just want to be heard, and when you can be that person that truly listens to their concerns, they are so thankful and you feel accomplished. I think my favorite memory from this internship was when I was able to join a VIP tour group to the top of the U.S. Capitol dome. The view was astounding and I could even see the Dellenback Center! I would encourage all future ASP students to definitely consider an internship on the Hill. It is rewarding, prestigious, and excellent training for your future professional life.

 

Matt Logan, John Brown University

Matt Logan, internship

Matt in the hearing room of the House Armed Services Committee.

I have the privilege of interning with the House Armed Services Committee (HASC). At HASC, I have primarily been tasked with conducting research pertaining to national defense and military policy. At times, I have been able to utilize the Library of Congress and have even had my findings used in committee meetings regarding the National Defense Authorization Act. I have also helped with hearings and briefings featuring high-ranking officials, including Secretary of Defense Mattis and King Abdullah II of Jordan. During my time with the committee, I have gained a truly unique understanding of foreign affairs, the purpose of government, and overall defense policy.

Prior to my internship, I was concerned that the polarization featured in the media would be prevalent here. I could not be more mistaken. HASC prides itself on its bipartisanship and willingness to cooperate across-the-aisle. This has been evident during my time this semester and has encouraged me to pursue good relations with everyone, even those with whom I disagree. For anyone that wants to get an inside look at Congress while working to promote national security, I would highly recommend an internship at HASC.

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Internship Spotlight I {Fall 2017}

Rebekah Mauer, Whitworth University

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With previous experience in a family law practice, Rebekah was looking forward to exploring a new legal field at the DOJ’s Criminal Division. 

I am excited to be interning at the Department of Justice, specifically in the Human Rights Special Prosecution (HRSP) section of the Criminal Division. As an undergraduate student, most of my tasks are researching historical events (rather than law and statutes as a legal intern would). Nonetheless, this does not make my work any less interesting!

I was worried that my job would be like your stereotypical internship– fetching coffee and doing lunch runs– it has been anything but! My tasks have varied from sitting in the Library of Congress’ reading room to conducting in depth online searches, all of which aid in the prosecution of international human rights violations.

Day to day, I speak with attorneys, historians, librarians, linguists, and specialists in fields that I did not even know existed before I started at HRSP. I have been so blessed with this opportunity and would encourage any future ASP’ers to apply!

 

Shelby Baumgartner, Biola University

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Shelby at a rally organized by her internship site, the Feminist Majority Foundation.

This semester, I am interning with the Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF), an organization focused on advocating for the empowerment of women through research and activism. My specific departments at FMF are Policy Research and Development and our Feminist Campus program, but all the interns do a little bit of everything around the office. A typical day for me at FMF includes doing research, prepping tweets for the Feminist Campus twitter, writing news stories or blog posts for the various FMF platforms, and attending rallies throughout DC.

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I started my internship, but it has been such a growing experience for me. FMF is an intergenerational organization– our founder has been at the forefront of the women’s rights movement since the 1960’s and she works alongside women just out of college and with mothers of school-age children. Being in an environment where I am surrounded by so many women at different points in their careers has been a very formative experience for me. Every day is a reminder that it is okay to not know exactly where I am headed, that I am figuring it out as I go, and that I am fighting for the things I believe in the process.

 

Ian Snively, George Fox University

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Ian is able to combine both of his passions– political science and journalism– at the Heritage Foundation’s Daily Signal.

I am interning with the Daily Signal, the multimedia news arm of the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think-tank that produces and promotes research on key policy issues. My primary daily tasks are conducting interviews and writing articles on a variety of topics, from politics to natural disasters.

In my time with the Daily Signal, I’ve not only expanded my knowledge of current political issues, but I am also growing in my understanding of public policy from a conservative perspective. I am meeting and speaking with politicians, listening to lectures from policy analysts, and fine-tuning my skills in research and writing. There are so many great learning opportunities and resources you can obtain from working at a think-tank, and there are hundreds in the city from across the political spectrum.

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Not Your Average Classroom {Fall 2017}

One of the distinctives of the ASP curriculum is the opportunity to conduct fieldwork. Instead of receiving instruction solely inside the classroom and gathering material from the campus library (though, the Library of Congress is just a 10 minute walk away!), ASP students collect their research directly from the source: stakeholders in governmental offices, advocacy groups, marketing firms, and more!

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On the roof of the Canadian Embassy with the embassy’s trade and political counsellors.

Using our network from over 40 years in DC, we arrange private briefings and small-group interviews with organizations and professionals all over the city. This fieldwork provides opportunities for ASP students to move beyond the question of “What is your position?” and on to more substantive questions like “Why do you believe your position is preferable to other alternatives?” and “What are the most common misconceptions about your positions and how do you respond to them?” With the floor open for more questions, students are able to dig even deeper into these issues and begin processing what this new information means for when they write their own policy memos.

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Hearing from Carlos Guevara, senior policy advisor at UnidosUS, about several immigration issues we are researching.

This semester, ASP’s public policy students are meeting with policy stakeholders with an interest in influencing the direction of U.S. immigration policy and U.S.-Mexico relations. On September 15, we went to the hearing room of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs for a private briefing with Jay Sulzmann, the legislative director in a Senate office, to learn more about researching and writing effective policy memoranda.

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In the hearing room of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs for a private briefing with a Senate legislative director.

On September 22, we visited UnidosUS, an advocacy group for the Hispanic community, to meet with senior policy advisor Carlos Guevara (who, previously, was an immigration lawyer and Department of Homeland Security official). Mr. Guevara discussed UnidosUS’ policy positions on several immigration issues we are researching: the H-1B visa, the DREAM Act/Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals, and U.S. refugee policy.

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Last week, we went to the Canadian Embassy to meet with Carrie Goodge, the embassy’s trade policy counsellor, and Kevin Tunney, one of the embassy’s political counsellors. This conversation kick-started our foreign policy studies of two issues: the North American Free Trade Agreement and the Merida Initiative, a security agreement between the U.S. and Mexico. The visit ended with a tour of the Canadian Embassy’s famous rooftop deck overlooking the National Mall.

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Looking ahead, we have briefings confirmed with the Heritage Foundation, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the U.S. House Speaker’s office. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram to see the results!

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Ian Snively (right, George Fox University) shakes hands with Kevin Tunney, one of the Canadian Embassy’s political counsellors.


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And We’re Off! The First Two Weeks {Fall 2017}

The ASP Fall 2017 cohort has now been in Washington, DC for two weeks. This semester, we have representatives from Biola University, Bluefield College, George Fox University, Gordon College, John Brown University, Judson University, Northwest University, Olivet Nazarene University, Seattle Pacific University, and Whitworth University.

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Checking out the amazing view from the Dellenback rooftop! [L to R: Rebekah Mauer (Whitworth University), James Selvey and Elizabeth Lanham (Olivet Nazarene University), Shelby Baumgartner (Biola University), and Bethany Maddox and Matt Logan (John Brown University)]

After a few days of orientation, the students were off to explore the city. Their adventures brought them to the top of the Old Post Office Pavilion, a baseball game at Nationals Stadium, and to volunteering at Little Lights (an after-school program). Continuing with the ASP tradition of Bus Day, the students spent their first Saturday meeting their new neighbors in each of DC’s four quadrants.

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ASP Director Dr. Peter Baker and his son, Jackson (ASP Fall 2027), at the Nationals game.

In the classroom, we have been learning about the origin stories of state, law, and government, and why political order and development matter to public policy.  We have also been discussing what it looks like to live and lead when Christ and his kingdom define our identity and images of success at work. And on Monday, the students will show up for the first day of work at their internships!

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Hope Koumentakos (right, Gordon College) speaks with fellow Gordon alumna Townsend McNitt (left, ASP Fall 1987). Townsend led a class discussion on how to have a successful internship.

Check back here for regular updates on what we learn and experience this semester, and keep scrolling for more pictures from the first two weeks:

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At the top of the Old Post Office Pavilion. With the Washington Monument closed until 2019, this is the next best view of the city! [back L to R: Matt Logan (John Brown University), Hope Koumentakos (Gordon College), Ian Snively (George Fox University), Luke Atherton (Whitworth University), Dominic Heiden (Seattle Pacific University); front L to R: Nathan Sebranke (Northwest University), Teague Broquard and Bethany Maddox (John Brown University), and Rebekah Mauer (Whitworth University)]

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Shelby Baumgartner (Biola University) and Dagoberto Acevedo (Bluefield College) give a thumbs-up to Eastern Market.

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The Trinity Forum invited the ASP students to an evening event at the National Press Club– a discussion with Ambassador Mark Lagon (not pictured) on the connections between faith-based notions of human dignity and international development efforts.

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An impromptu photo shoot while walking by a Women’s Equality Day event at the Newseum.

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Lincoln Park is only a 15-minute walk from the Dellenback apartments. [L to R: Alex Reinhold (Judson University), Kelby Goudey (Gordon College), Dominic Heiden (Seattle Pacific University), and Nathan Sebranke (Northwest University)]

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Selected “Best Picture” from Bus Day

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Winners of Fall 2017 Bus Day #1: The Filibuster Family! Their matching t-shirts definitely provided an advantage.

 


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Choose Your Track, Part II: Strategic Communication

(Note: Last month, we posted the first of a two-part blog series on the ASP Study Tracks. Read about the Public Policy Track here. Continue to read below for the second post of the series.)

Students in the Strategic Communication Track are on the forefront of the converging fields of public relations and marketing communication. In addition to discussion-style class lectures, our students gain first-hand experience through DC-based fieldwork activities and client work. We compare how different types of national organizations— such as private companies, global non-profits, government agencies, and congressional offices— develop strategic goals and objectives, choose appropriate communication channels and tactics, and measure the impact of their work.

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Students directly engage with these organizations and the communication professionals who work in them to gain first-hand exposure to the best communication practices through formative research, strategic planning, message formation and storytelling, and more. Students explore these learning objectives further in their communications internships. Recent internship sites have included multiple House and Senate offices, The ONE Campaign, the Clapham Group, National Immigration Forum, the Borenstein Group, the American Enterprise Institute, Philanthropy Magazine, and even the business development department of the Washington Redskins!

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Group presentations on how a client organization could effectively respond to a possible crisis scenario.

In our “Advocacy and Development” course, we work collaboratively in small teams for a real-world client to research and propose a communications plan. Previous clients have included Bread for the World and the Accord Network. In “Case Studies in Strategic Communication,” students design two graduate school-style case studies, both supported by original interviews and research. This semester, the first case study—a group exercise— focused on the immigration debate in light of the 2016 Presidential Election. By interviewing four different organizations who are stakeholders in this issue, we compared how different organizations practice strategic communication in a crisis and the processes they use to document and respond to lessons learned from the experience. In our second case study—an individual project— each student focuses on a specific communication situation at their internship office or organization.

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The students hear from the public relations and social media team at Honest Tea.

In addition to our communication proposals and case studies, we also discuss and explore how biblical teachings inform our use of strategic communication, primarily through conversations with Christian professionals who excel both in the quality of their work and in the “faithful practice” of their jobs.

If you are a major in Communication, Public Relations, Business Administration, International Business, or Marketing, we encourage you to consider joining this study track! To learn more, click here.

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The Strategic Communication students met Austin Graff (front right), a Talent Acquisition & Branding Specialist at The Washington Post.

See below for more pictures of the Strategic Communication Track at work, both in the classroom and in the field.

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The Strategic Communication Track joins the Public Policy students for a briefing at the National Transportation Safety Board.

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Sharlene Oong (Messiah College) presents her research on a communication plan used by her internship site, The Clapham Group.

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For more information on the immigration debate, the students hear from Dr. Mark Hugo Lopez, Director of Hispanic Research at the Pew Research Center.

Internship Spotlight II {Spring 2017}

Andrew Ramirez, Olivet Nazarene University

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Andrew is pursuing his passion for federal law enforcement with an internship at the U.S. Department of Treasury. 

I have the honor of interning in the Office of Enterprise Business Solutions (EBS) at the U.S. Department of Treasury. This office deals with the creation of website products, development, and data analytics. Because of the sensitive nature of my work, I actually can’t share specific details about it with anyone outside of my department! But I can say this— I am learning how to balance a serious workload and how to perform under the pressure of the professional world. Two highlights of my internship have been: First, I get to regularly meet with high-ranking officials from all across the Treasury, including individuals in financial crimes and terrorism; I even met the Secretary of the Treasury and shook his hand! Second, as an intern at the Treasury Department, I have access to the Main Treasury building which means I get to walk the historic golden hall where Hamilton once walked (presumably) and I get to be surrounded everyday by the amazing history of our country at work. And if those weren’t enough, I also have access to the west side of the White House and can walk that side of the lawn in the morning before work!

Mariana Diaz, Fresno Pacific University

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Mariana (left) enjoys hands-on experience with immigration advocacy at the NIF.

This semester, I am interning at the National Immigration Forum. The Forum advocates for the value of immigrants and immigration to our nation. Their work is centered on immigration reform, integration and citizenship, and state and local developments. I specifically work with the Fields and Constituencies team, where we analyze how immigration is taking place around the country. For our weekly newsletters, I research stories of immigrants who are being affected by the recent executive orders. In addition, I am in charge of posting to the Twitter account of G92, an initiative to inform college-age students and young adults about immigration. I also attend meetings with our partners and briefings on the Hill. My tasks vary every day and I am always learning. I am very thankful for this experience and it has definitely reassured me that advocacy in immigration is a career I want to pursue.

Randy Lohman, Messiah College

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Randy stands with his member, Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) in the Rayburn House Office Building.

I have the amazing opportunity of interning in the office of Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11). I am experiencing first-hand the daily operations of a Congressional office. On a regular basis, I work on projects for staff members, communicate with our constituents, and attend hearings—one I specifically enjoyed was a subcommittee hearing on religious liberty. I have also been trained to lead constituents on tours of the Capitol building. One time, during a tour, I was able to see Vice President Mike Pence walk through the Capitol on his way to a luncheon. Every day, I work with the staffers of Congressman Barletta’s office to help make the office operate smoothly so that we can best serve our constituents.