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, advocacyContinue reading “Not Your Average Classroom: Fall 2017”

And We’re Off! The First Two Weeks

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. After a few days of orientation, the students were offContinue reading “And We’re Off! The First Two Weeks”

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.Continue reading “Choose Your Track, Part II: Strategic Communication”

Internship Spotlight II: Spring 2017

  Andrew Ramirez, Olivet Nazarene University 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 itContinue reading “Internship Spotlight II: Spring 2017”

Choose Your Track, Part I: Public Policy

The Public Policy Track— one of two tracks offered by the American Studies Program— places you in the middle of current, pressing public policy issues under debate on Capitol Hill. We focus on the political difficulties that policymakers face when economic, humanitarian, and rule-of-law or national security priorities come into conflict with one another. In order toContinue reading “Choose Your Track, Part I: Public Policy”

Internship Spotlight I: Spring 2017

Rolaine Castro, Fresno Pacific University This semester, I am interning for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. Our office is a federal organization that is in charge of investigating civil rights issues. I work with civil rights analysts, and we are currently evaluating the effect that excessive municipal court fines and fees have on theContinue reading “Internship Spotlight I: Spring 2017”

20 Reasons to Spend a Semester in D.C.

The reasons to spend a semester in D.C. are too many to count. But here are twenty memorable experiences highlighted by this semester’s students during their first month here in Washington, D.C.: Connecting with the City I love how I feel like I am a part of something important everywhere I go. Andrew Ramirez, OlivetContinue reading “20 Reasons to Spend a Semester in D.C.”

First Two Weeks (in Pictures!): Spring 2017

The ASP Spring 2017 Cohort have taken buses through some of the city’s vibrant neighborhoods, cheered on the Washington Wizards at the Verizon Center, volunteered at an after-school program, explored a few museums, and attended the Presidential Inauguration— and that’s just in the first two weeks! This morning, the students are off to the firstContinue reading “First Two Weeks (in Pictures!): Spring 2017”

Internship Spotlight II: Fall 2016

Hannah Wardell, Gordon College I spent my semester interning at Values & Capitalism, an initiative of the American Enterprise Institute doing outreach to Christian college campuses. V&C exists to proliferate dialogue about the morality of free enterprise and the theological implications of capitalism on college campuses. I’ve spent my semester not only helping with eventContinue reading “Internship Spotlight II: Fall 2016”

Internship Spotlight I: Fall 2016

Jake Hemme, Biola University I have the distinct honor this semester to intern at the Office of International Affairs (OIA) at the U.S. Department of Justice. This office is charged with the responsibility of executing the extradition and mutual legal assistance proceedings between the U.S. and our foreign counterparts. Simply put, if a state prosecutorContinue reading “Internship Spotlight I: Fall 2016”