Sifting and Winnowing

Sifting & Winnowing: the Wisconsin Undergraduate Policy Journal is currently recruiting submissions! We are looking for pieces that are relevant to topics in policy, law and public service.
This publication is student-run and will publish work written by undergraduate students from universities around Wisconsin.
Please submit all pieces as a Microsoft Word document and follow the Chicago citation style with either footnotes or endnotes. We will accept pieces between 8 and 30 pages. Longer papers will be accepted on the assumption that they will be shortened to meet this requirement. We welcome any questions about the above requirements and ask that submitting authors be receptive to feedback and constructive criticism.
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  1. Graduation date
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  1. Topic
  1. Short abstract (250 words)

Internship Opportunities with Representative Brooks

Representative Rob Brooks is looking for interns to serve in his office. Responsibilities include policy research, summarizing legislation, responding to constituent inquiries and assisting in office operations. The internship is flexible and the office can accommodate busy schedules.

If you have interest in applying, submit a resume and writing sample to

Luce Scholars Program

The Luce Scholars Program provides a year’s internship in an Asian country related to the scholar’s interests. The program is designed to provide an extended period of exposure to an Asian country for highly qualified young Americans who lack extensive knowledge of Asian affairs and who would not gain this knowledge through their normal career trajectories. Any professional field will be considered, except Asian Affairs/Asian Studies. Graduating seniors, recent alumni, graduate students, and junior faculty are encouraged to apply.

To be eligible, a nominee must be a U.S. citizen, under age 30 at the beginning the program, and hold at least a B.A. Applicants should have little or no experience in the country of internship. UW–Madison alumni do not have to be on campus to apply, but must apply through the university.

More details on the campus requirements and the application process are available at:

The UW-Madison campus deadline is 4pm on Monday, October 16, 2017.

Internship Opportunities at the European Parliament in Washington DC and Brussels

The European Parliament Liaison Office with the US Congress (EPLO) is pleased to announce the launch of its next round of internships aimed at recent graduates and recent/current postgraduates. Up to six interns will be accepted in our Washington DC office from January 16th – April 15th, 2018with an option to extend the internship for a further two months at our headquarters in Brussels. Applicants must be US citizens or have other pre-existing authorization to work in the US. The deadline to submit applications is October 31st, 2017. We require a CV in Europass format, a personal statement and two letters of recommendation directly sent by faculty members.

The internship offers a unique opportunity for students and young professionals with an interest in transatlantic policy! Please pass this information on to your relevant student and alumni networks.

Further details:


Undergraduate/Graduate Data Analysis and Research Internship

The New York State office of the Attorney General’s Labor Bureau in the City has volunteer internship opportunities available for both graduate and undergraduate students with a background in economics, statistics, accounting, or data analytics. Duties would include working with attorneys to support investigations, determining nonpayment and underpayment of wages, and synthesizing/organizing large amounts of data. The application is online and includes a cover letter, three references, transcript, resume, and a writing sample.

The application can be accessed here.

For more information about qualifications, duties and the application process press here.

Internship with State Senator Devin LeMahieu

The office of State Senator Devin LeMahieu is looking for an ambitious individual seeking to gain experience through a legislative internship. Applicants should have strong communication and writing skills. The office has a need for an intern for roughly ten hours per week. Office duties will include:

  • Answering the office phone
  • Drafting legislative citations
  • Attending committee hearings
  • Crafting constituent responses and other writing projects commensurate on experience
  • Database management
  • Assist with research projects as assigned
  • Saw you in the news constituent outreach

Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to Craig Summerfield at by Friday, October 13th.

Internship with Wisconsin State Representative Josh Zepnick

Wisconsin State Representative Josh Zepnick’s office is seeking qualified individuals for internships for this Fall semester. Interns in the Zepnick office would be responsible for many tasks including:

  • Database management for constituent outreach program
  • Constituent relations and case work
  • Press release and correspondence writing
  • There will also be opportunities for research projects

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Internship with Assembly Democratic Leader

The Assembly Democratic Leader is currently looking for individuals interested in interning in his office for the fall 2017 semester. These internships are unpaid but will provide valuable political, legislative, and communications experience. As an intern for the Assembly Democratic Leader, you will have an opportunity to experience first-hand the functionality of state government, and learn how a legislative office serves as a resource to an elected official’s constituency. Interested students should send their resume and a completed application to or

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