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]

 

Internship Spotlights I: Fall 2014

ASP students have only been at their internships three weeks, but they’re already busy! Read on for reflections from four students interning at the Department of Justice, American Enterprise Institute, and the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Justin Botejue, Whitworth University:

“I am a legal intern at the Department of Justice – Office of Legislative Affairs, in the Robert F. Kennedy Department of Justice Main Building.  The Office of Legislative Affairs (OLA) is a very busy office where we are the bridge between the Justice Department and Congress.  Part of my responsibilities include correspondence, referrals, and legal research for Members of Congress and their staffers with any requests and questions that they have.  The nature of my work is classified as confidential, but I am working on projects for Assistant Attorney General Peter Kadzik and compiling and researching projects for the attorneys at the OLA. I cannot imagine a better 10641296_831233700240735_5135991796745598034_ninternship fit than the DOJ-OLA! It’s certainly challenging ‘brain’ work that leaves me exhausted at the end of the day, but I am learning, seeing, and doing more than any expectation that I had coming in. The attorneys at the office are very helpful, kind, and supportive, and I even sit by one at church at National Presbyterian Church! It was only my third day on the job when Attorney General, Eric Holder, resigned from his position–truly, there cannot be a more interesting time to be in the office!”

 

internship 6Diana Nesukh, Warner Pacific University:

“On the first day of my internship, I felt extremely out of my league. I was interning in the House of Representatives – was it real life? My Congressman (Elijah Cummings) is the Ranking Member on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee and is on the Select Committee on Benghazi. Naturally, my first day was also the first day of the Benghazi hearings. My supervisor gave me a brief synopsis of my duties in the first half hour and then basically threw me in the deep end. Surprisingly, listening to people yell on the phone was not the worst part of that day. The worst part was my choice in footwear. I quickly realized heels were not optimal for my job. Not only were the floors exceptionally waxed that day, making every step slippery, but I toured all three House office buildings and Capitol which gave me huge blisters. That wasCong. Cummings the first and definitely last day of wearing heels to work (I stick with flats now). The best part of my internship thus far, however, has actually been outside of the office. I was able to attend the Congressional Black Caucus Reception where I totally felt like a VIP. I met a ton of important people, ate delicious food, danced, and got a great picture with the Congressman. I have been at my internship for about three weeks now and the novelty of the Hill has still not worn off!”

 

 

Internship 1Emily Hardman, Palm Beach Atlantic University:

“Hi, my name is Emily Hardman and I am interning at the American Enterprise Institute. I am working in the Political Corner on polling data for AEI scholar Karlyn Bowman. So far my work has included researching polling data on American Opinion on Affirmative Action, American Opinion on births out of wedlock, and American Opinion on negotiating with terrorists for hostage ransoms. This morning I heard television journalist and former CNN correspondent Campbell Brown discuss her upcoming lawsuit with the state of1001141104 New York regarding outdated teacher tenure policy. This afternoon I will be finishing up my Affirmative Action research for the department to send to a client. I am enjoying the pertinent and varied work here at AEI!”

 

 

 

Internship 2Chris Rednour, Mount Vernon Nazarene University:

“I am interning in the Congressional Office of Speaker of the House John Boehner. My daily duties consist of sorting constituent mail, sending and receiving flags flown over the Capitol that are requested from constituents, and giving tours of the Capitol. Along with these daily duties, I frequently get special assignments from the office aides that keep the days interesting. Working in the Speaker’s office has been thrilling, as I have gotten the chance to attend cool andinternship 3 important events, meet the Speaker, and spend a good amount of time in the halls of our nation’s Capitol. One cool event I got to attend, for example, was his Backyard Barbeque event! My experience thus far has been only positive and has made Capitol Hill even more attractive than I had thought possible.”

 

 

ASP internship sites are as diverse as our students’ interests! For a full list from the past seven years, please click here.

Orientation Week: Fall 2014

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The Fall 2014 semester is off to a great start! Students from Biola University, Bob Jones University, Emmanuel College, Gordon College, Malone University, Messiah College, Mount Vernon Nazarene University, Olivet Nazarene University, Oral Roberts University, Palm Beach Atlantic University, Point Loma Nazarene University, Seattle Pacific University, Warner Pacific College, and Whitworth University arrived August 28th–and have stayed busy ever since! From orientation to neighborhood engagement to classes to monument walking tours to community events to scavenger hunts, ASP students and their WJC classmates have been getting to know their new community in exciting ways.

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A Bus Day group presents their excursion to the rest of the class.

Kaitlyn Stump’s Bus Day group presents their excursion to the rest of the class.

The first weekend of the semester included a group scavenger hunt or “Bus Day,” giving the opportunity to explore different parts of the city.

Suzanna Bregar of Malone University said that the scavenger hunt was her favorite part of the semester so far.  “I liked that we were broken up into small groups.  It was easier to get to know people.  I also liked exploring the city, missing the bus, or waiting forever for a different bus!”

“My favorite part was the Marine Barracks parade, particularly the silent platoon,” said Kaitlyn Stump also from Malone University.  “Their discipline was extraordinary; they were so in sync without any verbal commands.”

S'mores night on the back patio [From left, Shaefer Bagwell {Biola University}, Collin Callhan {Biola University}, Trenton Pouncy {Oral Roberts University}, Chris Rednour {Mount Vernon Nazarene University}, and Justin Botejue {Whitworth University}]

S’mores night on the back patio [From left, Shaefer Bagwell {Biola University}, Collin Callahan {Biola University}, Trenton Pouncy {Oral Roberts University}, Chris Rednour {Mount Vernon Nazarene University}, and Justin Botejue {Whitworth University}]

Monument walking tour with RD James Kim

Monument walking tour with RD James Kim

Becoming part of the monument at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

Becoming part of the monument at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

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Apartment 5 organized a potluck brunch for the rest of the Dellenback!

Later this evening, ASP is attending a Nationals baseball game at Nats park.  Alexander Hayes of Warner Pacific University comments, “If you don’t have fun here, you won’t have anywhere else!”

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.

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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].}

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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].}
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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

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.