Fall 2013 in Review: City Life

Washington, D.C. is about more than just business and government.  The neighborhoods of the District combine with federal Washington to make a city with a unique personality.  When you are eating free lunches at think tanks, attending Nats/Wizards/Capitals games, discovering a favorite local coffee shop, jogging past the Capitol, going on scavenger hunts on the bus, hearing oral arguments at the Supreme Court, getting late-night pies, and applying for a library card at the Library of Congress, life in D.C. is rarely boring.

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ASP attended a baseball game at Nats Park, home to the Washington Nationals.

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ASP internship director Elizabeth Pitts [far right] hosted a late-summer cookout at her home in Alexandria.

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Faculty members Peter Baker and Gerry Hartis with the Fall 2013 students at the biannual ASP Alumni Picnic

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Students took the opportunity to gather on the Mall to hear an address from President Obama on the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. [Photo credit: Adam Saxton]

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Adam Saxton (University of Northwestern–St. Paul), Dirk Oudman (Dordt College), Alexander Archuleta (Whitworth University), and Connor Briggs (Gordon College) snapped a picture in front of the U.S. Capitol. [Photo credit: Adam Saxton]

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Saturday afternoon in Old Town Alexandria [Photo credit: Stephanie Grossoehme]

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Living in D.C. means becoming a public transportation pro!

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Anika Janzen (Bethel University) [right] and WJC student Katherine Burgess (Union University) snapped a picture after standing inside the U.S. Capitol building, right outside the Senate chamber, as the government shut down in October.  Read their whole story here.

Fall 2013 in Review: Community Life

We were blessed with two wonderful student event coordinators this semester.  Alexander Archuleta (a senior at Whitworth University) and Stephanie Grossoehme (a junior at Olivet Nazarene University) planned activities that wonderfully benefited the community life in the Dellenback Center.  These events included a progressive dinner in which the students moved to different apartments to eat each course of the meal, a Halloween party, and a Christmas party!

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Shayla Wakumoto (Biola University), Kelley Griffin (DC programs administrator), Livy Workman (Waynesburg University), and Claire Sloan (Washington Journalism Center student from The Master’s College) at the progressive dinner.

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Dessert for the progressive dinner was served on the rooftop deck!

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Students took a creative approach and integrated their studies into the pumpkin-carving contest.

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Stephanie and Alexander planned Paper Plate Awards as the last group activity of the semester. Stephanie and Alexander are pictured here with their awards!

Fall 2013 in Review: Internships

ASP students intern all over D.C. in executive agencies, research organizations and think tanks, congressional offices, development agencies, advocacy groups, law offices, business and communication firms, and museums and art organizations. By interning three days a week and reflecting on their experiences through essay assignments, they gain concrete professional experience, explore their own strengths, interests, and skills, and learn to connect their faith to their career.

A few of the Fall 2013 students shared pictures from their internships.  For a full list of internship sites in the past seven years, please click here.

Megan Morgan

Megan Morgan (Mount Vernon Nazarene University) [middle] interned for the National Women’s Political Caucus. Part of her role included researching women to endorse in political campaigns and planning NWPC’s annual event, the Exceptional Merit in Media Awards, and she had the opportunity to meet prominent women such as Congresswoman Alma Adams, Eagle Forum founder Phyllis Schlafly, and Feminist Majority political director Alice Cohan.  Megan is proud of the work that NWPC does to empower women in politics and in everyday life. {Megan and a fellow interned are pictured with program director Bettina Hager [left].}

Dirk and Olivia

Olivia Workman (Waynesburg University) [far right] and Dirk Oudman (Dordt College) [second from right] both interned for the Center for Public Justice.  Olivia assisted with the editing and production of the online journal Shared Justice and managed the CPJ social media, while Dirk supported CEO Stephanie Summers’s work with the board and constituents and wrote for Shared Justice. One of the benefits of interning with CPJ, according to Olivia and Dirk, was learning to view policy debates in light of the biblical standards of justice and grace and to see the value of understanding someone else’s point of view. {Dirk and Olivia are pictured with their CPJ supervisors, Stephanie Summers [left] and Katie Thompson [second from left].}
Sadietou

Sadietou Mayou (Southeastern University) interned for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Business Civic Leadership Center.  While at BCLC, she assisted the corporate relations team in developing a system for data management and worked extensively on event logistics, including the planning of BCLC’s annual conference, The Network Effect: How Business Drives Progress. Sadia is glad that her work for BCLC helped businesses bring about societal change in communities around the world.  {Sadia is pictured in front of the White House, across the street from her office at BCLC.}

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Alexander Archuleta (Whitworth University) interned for the McCain Institute for International Leadership. In this role, he worked alongside the Humanitarian Action Division to assist with human trafficking projects, attended a hearing of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, participated in meetings on Capitol Hill, planned a 4-day trip to Burma focused on human trafficking, and met Cindy McCain. Alexander enjoyed interning at the McCain Institute because he got to see the impact of what he was working on and to be a part of the young organization’s growth. {Alexander and a fellow intern are pictured with Cindy McCain.}

To hear more about Alexander Archuleta’s experience at ASP, watch this fun promo video for the BestSemester programs!

Fall 2013 in Review: Mentorships

The ASP Professional Mentorship course connects students with a Christian mentor in DC.  Elizabeth Pitts pairs students with their mentors based on the students’ interest in having a mentor in a particular field, from a particular background, or in a particular stage of life.  Each mentor picks a book to read with his or her student and meets at least three or hour times a semester.  Our mentors (many of whom are ASP alumni) have interests and experiences that range as widely as our students do! To see a selected list of ASP mentors from the past seven years, please click here.

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“Share Your Mentor Night” is a fun evening when students’ professional mentors come to the Dellenback for dessert and discussion. The students introduce their mentors, the mentors share advice and insight from their wealth of professional experiences, and we conclude with a time of networking and conversation. The students always leave with some pearls of wisdom!

Image  ASP alumnus (Sp96) and professional mentor James McCament talks with a handful of inquisitive students after attending one of ASP’s weekly Family Night Dinners.  James serves as the chief of the Office of Legislative Affairs for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.  He has been an ASP professional mentor for the past five semesters.

Fall 2013 in Review: Global Development Enterprise

Last semester, GDE worked with World Vision to develop a strategy to market a training manual for very poor farmers.  This was a follow-up to a USAID-funded project in which Spring 2012 GDE students developed the manual on helping these farmers work together to bring their product to global markets.

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ImageGDE students Brett Woods (Missouri Baptist University), Christopher McGee (Biola University), Shayla Wakumoto (Biola University), Devin Proctor (Gordon College), Stephanie Grossoehme (Olivet Nazarene University), and Dirk Oudman (Dordt College) outside World Vision’s DC headquarters

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Fall 2013 in Review: Public Policy Initiative

Students in the Public Policy Initiative track of ASP examine national issues through briefings and interviews with policy experts in think tanks, U.S. House and Senate offices, foreign embassies, advocacy groups, federal agencies, and international organizations.  Fall 2013’s group topic was Energy, and students spent class days out in the city as they gained on-the-ground information about energy legislation.

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PPI students attended an orientation to the legislative process from Capitol Hill staffers.

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Briefing at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

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Visiting the U.S. Chamber of Commerce offices, which are located across the street from the White House, is the perfect opportunity for pictures! ASP director Peter Baker [center] takes a photo with [from left] Chloe Becker (Whitworth University), Drew Grotelueschen (Trinity International University), Sadietou Mayou (Southeastern University), Tony Guidone (Trinity International University), Alexander Archuleta (Whitworth University), and Megan Morgan (Mount Vernon Nazarene University).

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Briefing at the Canadian Embassy

Fall 2013 in Review: A Trip to the Supreme Court

In November, ASP faculty and students met at 7am, ate some donuts, and headed down the street to hear oral arguments at the Supreme Court.Image

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Students wait in line for tickets: [from left] Andrew Grotelueschen (Trinity International University), Stephanie Grossoehme (Olivet Nazarene University), Shayla Wakumoto (Biola University), and Olivia Workman (Waynesburg University).Image

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Alexander Archuleta (Whitworth University), Connor Briggs (Gordon College), and Adam Saxton (University of Northwestern–St. Paul) leave the Supreme Court.

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Student Stephanie Grossoehme took this picture as we left the hall.