Spring 2014 in Review: GDE Meets with Ugandan Ambassador

Ambassador Wonekha

Spring 2014 ASP student Nicole Noyes (Cedarville University) participated in the Global Development Enterprise track, working with two other team members on researching biofuels in Uganda.  As part of her internship with Values & Capitalism at the American Enterprise Institute, she met Ugandan ambassador Oliver Wonekha and set up a meeting with her for the GDE team.  GDE track director Gerry Hartis comments, “Nicole’s connection with Ambassador Wonekha is just one example of the opportunities that the Global Development Enterprise team has for engaging directly with leaders of the developing world here in Washington.”

“Ambassador Oliver Wonekha of Uganda was kind enough to meet with me to discuss the empowerment of Uganda’s women through investments in agriculture and energy,” Nicole said.  “She described the living conditions of rural families, the role of women in the country’s economy, and other pressing policy issues in Uganda. We look forward to sustaining this exciting relationship with the Ugandan Embassy.”

Internship Spotlight: Analise Nuxoll & Emily Davisson

Emily Davisson (Olivet Nazarene University) and Analise Nuxoll (Westmont College) had the unique experience of interning alongside each other at the Center for Public Justice last semester.  Below, they share about what their time together at CPJ was like.  Though most students do not intern with a fellow student from ASP, all of them will be able to identify with Emily and Analise’s overall internship story from learning to commute and figuring out professional dress codes to gaining unexpected skills and having a life-shaping experience!

Emily_Analise 2Analise: Starting off at the Center for Public Justice was…nerve wracking to say the least. I was so glad to know that Emily would be interning there with me, and together, we discussed what our time there might be like. The first day, we got off the bus approximately a mile early. Armed with high heels, pencil skirts, and lots of tissue (we were both incredibly sick), we got on another D6 bus and made our way to 1115 Massachusetts Ave.

Emily: For at least the first three days of my internship at CPJ, I couldn’t even talk because I was so sick! Stephanie, Katie, Peter, and Kendrick (CPJ staff) must have been worried about what they had gotten themselves into when they chose me. It was also a little awkward for the first few days because Lise and I didn’t know the expectation when it came to dress code. I think we were both highly overdressed, and probably took ourselves a little too seriously, in our suits and heels for the first week or two at CPJ. The staff and the two other interns quickly made us feel comfortable, especially Peter with his joking attitude and British accent.

Analise: I mostly worked with briefs and charitable solicitation forms during my time at CPJ. I did a lot of research regarding the IRS tax code in relation to non profits, and even spent some afternoons trying to get clarification from different IRS employees. Throughout this experience, I was able to have a better grasp on what sort of law I would like to practice in the future.

Emily: Soon after starting at CPJ, I realized that I had essentially taken on a communications/journalism internship. This made me a little bit nervous because my current college training didn’t help me with any of that; my major is political science with a minor in nonprofit management. I learned a lot about CPJ’s content and materials from years past; however, I mostly worked with their online journal for young adults, Shared Justice, and how to manage that website, edit daily articles, and promote its content via social media. I came to really appreciate the values Shared Justice stands for, including faithful Christian engagement in politics. As it turns out, I ended up working as the assistant editor of Shared Justice for the summer, where I manage all the current and potential contributor communication, the daily article schedule, and the social media for Shared Justice and Capital Commentary, which is very similar to Shared Justice, except it’s for people more established in their careers (35+).

We also had staff meetings every Wednesday. This was an integral part of our CPJ experience because it was during this time we got the chance to get to know other staff members and interns. We read the book Pluralism and Freedom, and had the chance to meet the author, Stephen Monsma. Weekly meetings were also a time where we shared prayer requests and praises for the things God had done in our lives. We both appreciated working for an organization that centered around the work of bringing God’s Kingdom to earth.

Analise: Together, Emily and I braved late busses, icy sidewalks, and freezing temperatures. We ran most days to catch a bus home, and talked about everything from CPJ, ASP, home life, and politics every Tuesday through Thursday. We discussed what it meant to be a Christian in Washington, D.C. and how our political views and involvement in the community reflected our faith. The days we spent at CPJ, whether interesting, painful, or funny, were days we will never forget. I know the experiences we gained have helped shape us to take on our next step in our educational and professional lives.

{Left} Emily Davisson is a senior political science major, nonprofit minor at Olivet Nazarene University. {Right} Analise Nuxoll is a junior political science major at Westmont College.

{Left} Emily Davisson is a senior political science major, nonprofit minor at Olivet Nazarene University.
{Right} Analise Nuxoll is a junior political science major at Westmont College.

Internship spotlight: Hannah Wasco: Spring 2014

Hannah Wasco (Trinity Christian College) is interning at the American Enterprise Institute this semester.  She has enjoyed all the events that AEI has offered, including the chance to hear Bill Gates speak (picture below)!

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“On March 13, I attended an event at my internship, the American Enterprise Institute. The event was an interview with none other than Bill Gates! (See the recording and transcripts here.) Gates gave his prediction that the world will be able to move from ‘poverty to prosperity’ in such a way that there will be no more predominantly poor countries by 2035. He sees this as possible because the percentage of people living in extreme poverty has plummeted by 80 percent in the past forty years and child mortality has fallen to record lows. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has contributed to this encouraging developments with their philanthropic efforts in education and immunization.

And Bill Gates is not the only notable person who has come to speak at AEI over the course of my internship. His Holiness the Dalai Lama visited for two days in February to speak on free enterprise, happiness, and human flourishing. In April, the Right Honorable Liam Fox, a member of the British Parliament and former British Minister of Defense, came to discuss intelligence agencies and personal privacy.

These events with special guests are always open to interns (when there is enough room), and so this is one of the many benefits that I found with interning at the American Enterprise Institute.”

Hannah is a junior at Trinity Christian and will graduate in December 2014.  As of now, she is looking into applying for positions at think tanks or on Capitol Hill or into getting involved in campaign work.

Internship Spotlight: Amy Baker

Amy Baker (Bethel College–IN) is interning for the U.S. Department of State, Investment Affairs Office.  Here’s a quick summary of what keeps her busy Tuesday through Thursday! Image

“After two months of interning in the State Department’s Economics Bureau, I am still cracking away at the massive learning curve. My time is split between drafting interagency foreign investment reports and assisting rounds of bilateral investment treaty negotiations in the Office of Investment Affairs. That’s a lot of jargon for this English major! Needless to say, I have learned far and above what I ever expected – about investments, open economies, interagency relationships, Federal agency culture, and the role of government on an international scale. It’s true – investments can be heady work, but playing a small part in raising the standard of living in developing countries has been more than rewarding. Every day at State has opened my eyes to something new that I’d never known to explore. And every day has taught me more about God’s vision for this institution.”

Amy will graduate from Bethel in May and return to D.C. to participate in the American Enterprise Institute’s Summer Institute.

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!