One Month in DC:Spring 2016

ASP Spring 2016 has been here just over a month! Here are a few things they have learned in D.C. so far.

I’ve learned “relationship building skills, more about myself, how to plan meals for the week and score free meals!” –Courtney, Taylor University

“Strangers are only friends waiting to be made.” –Sarah, Northwestern College (Iowa)

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“I learned the importance of having confidence in myself, my unique experiences, skills, and abilities.  If you don’t cheer for yourself, who will?” –Adela, Messiah College

I’ve learned “how to be involved in community.”

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“Public transportation isn’t as complicated as it seems — getting groceries, however, is.” –Rachel, Malone University

“I’ve learned to seek the Lord in times of change.” –Patrick, Taylor University

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“I may not be a politician, but I have power as a pedestrian.  I will exercise my power!” –Janet, Fresno Pacific University

I’ve learned “how to be confident in overwhelming situations; how to grocery shop; the value of having coffee with someone and hearing about their experiences.” –Cara, Olivet Nazarene University

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I’ve learned “how to navigate the metro bus system.” –Sarah, Southeastern University

“Networking is important. You need to be confident and approach people, but you also need to be approachable, as well.” –Hannah, Vanguard University

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“No story is too small to share.  No experience is too small to live.  No pizza is too big to eat.” –Ashley, Dordt College

“The right side of the escalator is for tourists, the left side for locals and commuters.” –Stephen, Northwestern College (Iowa)

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First Two Weeks in DC:Spring 2016

ASP Spring 2016’s first two weeks in D.C. have been filled with making friends, getting to know the city, and dealing with snow! Scroll through some snapshots from the semester’s orientation.

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Getting to know each other through Three Things

Bus Day 1

Exploring the neighborhood during Bus Day 1: Courtney Selle, Taylor University; Mckayla Henderson, Biola University; Rachel Parnell, Malone University; and Farnel Maxime, Gordon College

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Apartment 9 ladies: Adela Antal, Messiah College; Hannah Scheenstra, Vanguard University of Southern California; Sarah Ooi, Messiah College; and Sarah Copeland, Southeastern University

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Adela Antal (Messiah College) reads with a local elementary school student at Little Lights Urban Ministries {Photo credit: Little Lights}

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Rachel Taylor (Messiah College) helps a local elementary school student with her homework at Little Lights Urban Ministries. {Photo credit: Little Lights}

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Attending a Washington Wizards NBA game: Farnel Maxime, Gordon College; Mckayla Henderson, Biola University; Veronica Ibarra, Biola University; and Rachel Taylor, Messiah College

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We got snow! Thanks to our dedicated students for helping to shovel out our offices and the Dellenback Center: Farnel Maxime, Gordon College; Sarah Ooi, Messiah College; Cara Champlin, Olivet Nazarene University; Adela Antal, Messiah College; and Sarah Wedel, Northwestern College.

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All dressed up for the CCCU 40th Anniversary Gala!

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ASP-Gordon College student Farnel Maxime with his president, Dr. Michael Lindsay, at the CCCU 40th Anniversary Gala

This morning, students are off to the first day of their internships.  Check back for updates on what they learn at work!

Bus Day 2: Spring 2015

As part of the Neighborhood Engagement component of their semester, students participate in several “Bus Days,” scavenger hunts throughout the city.  Click through the slides and videos below to see the experiences of three groups on Bus Day 2 this weekend.

Mount Pleasant in northwest DC:

with Alexcis Albert (Vanguard University), Tim Carr (Gordon College), Alberto Sanchez (Fresno Pacific University), and Patricia Vazquez (Fresno Pacific University)

Brookland in northeast DC:

with Hannah Crites (Franciscan University), Neakzaad Horriat (Biola University), Savannah Scherkenback (Azusa Pacific University), and Chelsea Tyson (Regent University)

Adams Morgan in northwest DC:

with Carolina Alvarado (Taylor University), Katie Barany (Eastern University), Eric Corona (Biola University), Jacob Fusek (Southeastern University), and Danica Smithwick (Union University)

One Month in DC: Spring 2015

ASP students have finished their second week of internships and track work and are celebrating one month of being in Washington. What have they learned in D.C. so far?

When you arrive–walk everywhere during your first week! That’s how you get to know the heartbeat of this city.  One of the best “must do” experiences: grocery shopping on weekends at Eastern Market.  Talk to the people.
Savannah Scherkenback, Azusa Pacific University

The city is alive and busy, and so am I.  There is always cool stuff happening if you look.
Katie Barany, Eastern University

ASP students attended an event at George Washington University with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg {photo credit: Katie Barany}

ASP students attended an event at George Washington University with Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia {photo credit: Katie Barany}

We aren’t in Vermont anymore.
-Timothy Carr, Gordon College

I have learned that this city is amazing.  I want to keep learning what it takes to be successful in this city.  My internship is very fun.
-Alberto Sanchez, Fresno Pacific University

Lebanese food in DC is delicious (like the “Lebanese Chipotle”).
-Amanda Bishop, Biola University

Biola ASPers joined Biola President Barry Corey on Capitol Hill to meet with Congressman Ed Royce [l-r: Amanda Bishop, President Corey, Congressman Royce, Neakzaad Horriat, Luke Bennett, and Eric Corona] {photo credit: Eric Corona}

Biola ASPers joined Biola President Barry Corey on Capitol Hill to meet with Congressman Ed Royce (CA-39) [l-r: Amanda Bishop, President Corey, Congressman Royce, Neakzaad Horriat, Luke Bennett, and Eric Corona] {photo credit: Amanda Bishop}

There is no excuse for being bored.  There is always something to do, so go do it.
-Luke Bennett, Biola University

D.C. is a wonderful place, full of energy, growth, and vigor.  At the same time, it is a city full of hurt, poverty, and inequality.
-Charlie Richert, Taylor University

Students hang out in the Dellenback [l-r: Rachel Malcolm (Azusa Pacific University), Shelby Holloway (Trinity Western University), Alexcis Albert (Vanguard University of Southern California), Carolina Alvarado (Taylor University), and Norann Beidas (Whitworth University)]

Students hang out in the Dellenback [l-r: Rachel Malcolm (Azusa Pacific University), Shelby Holloway (Trinity Western University), Alexcis Albert (Vanguard University of Southern California), Carolina Alvarado (Taylor University), and Norann Beidas (Whitworth University)]

I have learned the layout of the city and how I can attend amazing events because of this knowledge.
-Norann Beidas, Whitworth University

There are so many kind people in the city that love to discuss anything and everything.  It is so easy to meet cool people like the Mayor of London, and congressional hearings are awesome to see politicians in action.  Come to D.C.–it’s amazing!
-Alexcis Albert, Vanguard University of Southern California

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London Mayor Boris Johnson at a Politico event attended by ASP students {photo credit: Norann Beidas}

Here in D.C., it is never proper to merely ride the escalator; you must expeditiously walk.  Escalators are not fast enough.
-Eric Corona, Biola University

Opportunities are everywhere if you keep your eyes open!
-Jacob Fusek, Southeastern University

So far I think I have started to learn how to network at different events and how to reach out to people who have similar interests.
-Patricia Vazquez Topete, Fresno Pacific University

Oscar Martinez is the author of The Beast (Spanish translation for The Immigrants that Don't Matter). On Wednesvday Feb.  12 he won the WOLA and Duke Human Rights Book Award. The Beast talks about the journey that immigrants take from Central America to the U.S. Mexican Border and the dangerous experiences they encounter. At the book award Martinez said that individuals from El Salvador don't just immigrate but they flee their country.

Salvadorean journalist Oscar Martinez receives the WOLA-Duke Human Rights Book Award at an event hosted by the Washington Office on Latin America, where ASPer Patricia Vazquez Topete is interning.  Mr. Martinez is the author of The Beast which chronicles the journey that immigrants take from Central America to the U.S.-Mexican Border and the dangerous experiences they encounter. {photo credit: Patricia Vazquez Topete}

Everyone is here for a purpose, and if you are here without a purpose, you cannot succeed.  But if you do have a purpose, you will flourish here.
-Neakzaad Horriat, Biola University

I have learned about the interesting dynamic of Washington, D.C.  The poor work and live side by side with the rich.
-Rachel Malcolm, Azusa Pacific University

Never underestimate the metro system.
-Carolina Alvarado, Taylor University

Homeless Liaison for Prince George's County speaking at a panel discussion on child homelessness hosted by the Congressional Homelessness Caucus and Senator Patty Murray's office (WA)

Homeless Liaison for Prince George’s County speaking at a panel discussion on child homelessness hosted by the Congressional Homelessness Caucus and Senator Patty Murray’s office (WA) {photo credit: Christina McIntyre}

The world is bigger than I thought it was! But very different people living in the same place is a beautiful thing.
-Tara Tankersley, North Central University

Advice from someone at my internship — “Never think like an intern!”
-Reuben Van Gaalen, Dordt College

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{photo credit: Katie Barany}

The Start of a New Semester: Spring 2015

On January 15, we welcomed a wonderful new group of ASP students to Washington, D.C.! In the two weeks since arrival, they have stayed busy with class, scavenger hunts, volunteering, and exploring the city on their own.

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Move-in day welcome team: Kelley Griffin, program administrator; Erin Cox, Public Policy track instructor; James Kim, resident director

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Learning about neighborhood dogs during community life orientation with resident director James Kim!

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Hanging out in the apartments [l-r: Luke Bennett, Biola University; Neakzaad Horriat, Biola University; Evan Wilt, Geneva College; Jude Abeler, Palm Beach Atlantic University; Jacob Fusek, Southeastern University; and Tara Tankersley, North Central University]

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Tutoring children through Little Lights Urban Ministries’ after-school program–visit http://www.littlelights.org to learn more about this neighborhood organization

Eric Corona (Biola University), Reuben Van Gaalen (Dordt College), and Norann Beidas (Whitworth University) outside Navy Yard during Bus Day 1 [photo credit: Norann Beidas]

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Ice skating on the National Mall outside the Archives [l-r: Evan Wilt, Geneva College; Luke Bennett, Biola University; Savannah Scherkenback, Azusa Pacific University; Reuben Van Gaalen, Dordt College; Tara Tankersley, North Central University; and Jude Abeler, Palm Beach Atlantic University] [Photo credit: Luke Bennett]

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Discovering local coffee shop Sidamo [l-r: Reuben Van Gaalen, Dordt College; Jacob Fusek, Southeastern University; Norann Beidas, Whitworth University; and Alexcis Albert, Vanguard University of Southern California]

 

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: 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