From 12-1pm we will host a Coffee Chat (an informal discussion with a topic) with Marie Koko from SuccessWorks & David Wright-Racette from theLaFollette School of Public Affairs about Breaking into Careers & Internships in Politics and Policy. Are you curious about interning at the capitol here or in Washington DC? Have you heard the term “think tank” are really unclear about what that is or what one does there? Have you said to someone “I want to work in policy!” but not been able to articulate exactly what that means or where you might do that? If so, JOIN US! This is an informal chat (no power point!) and you are welcome to bring your lunch.
THE DEMOCRACY SUMMER FELLOWSHIP immerses college and high school students in the history of progressive change, trains them in the skills and issues critical to grass roots organizing, and deploys them in key Congressional campaigns on behalf of Democratic candidates to win back the House and reclaim progressive leadership at every level of government.
Democracy Summer is a formalized political fellowship experience with a comprehensive structure and a beginning, middle and end, including a graduation certificate ceremony. But the relationships participants form are are deep and enduring.
While benefiting from the students’ idealism and energy, the program invests in their intellectual growth and the development of their political skills.
Democracy Summer consists of an interactive curriculum on public policy issues and the history of progressive Democratic politics; daily guest speakers on policy issues and practical political campaign organizing and strategy; structured campaign organizing projects and deployments; and a mix of popular social and political events. Fellows are not paid but they receive a first-class political education, grow a network of friends and compatriots, can request recommendation letters for college or graduate school upon completion and get a free lunch most days of the week (and sometimes dinner!). Scholarships are made available for young people who would not otherwise be able to participate.
Democracy Summer 2018 will operate in at least six geographic centers (DC/MD/VA; Philadelphia suburbs; New Jersey; Charlottesville, VA; Des Moines IA;Twin Cities, MN and Wisconsin). Each center will run two consecutive six-week sessions, with 30-40 Fellows in each session. Fellows choose one session. Fellows are in programming and/or deployed a total of approximately 35 hours per week.
Fellows will receive practical training in all of the key skills of political organizing and democratic campaigning. They will participate in readings and discussions with leading policy experts, progressive leaders, and organizers. Each six-week session will explore a range of issue areas, such as climate change, reproductive freedom, tax policy, immigration and refugee policy, redistricting and gerrymandering, and voting rights and the spread of voter suppression tactics. Fellows will devote at least 50% of a 35 hour work week to direct electoral work including but not limited to phone-banking, canvasing, donor research and campaign research.
Sound exciting? The political experience you’ve been looking for? APPLY NOW!
As we enter midterms, I wanted to let you know about some of our upcoming workshops, many of which were developed with first- and second-year students in mind. We cover everything from in-class essays and research papers to lab reports and research posters—and we even provide dedicated, supported time to write. It’s easy to find out more about each workshop by visiting writing.wisc.edu
McBurney Disability Resource Center is proud to work with folks at the Waisman Center to offer a weekly group for UW students on the autism spectrum. If a student with whom you work discloses being on the autism spectrum, please do share the information below with them.
The group will be held every Thursday of the semester from 5-6:15 PM at 702 W. Johnson Street. There is also a component of the group on Facebook. Students can join the group by sharing their Facebook profile name with at firstname.lastname@example.org. Students can also direct further questions about the group to that email as well.
Learn about Boren Awards, FLAS Fellowships, Fulbright Scholarships, Schwarzman, and more awards for foreign language or international study programs at this workshop on Tuesday, November 14th from 12:00-1:00PM in 1418 Van Hise Hall.
This workshop will be facilitated by the Office of Undergraduate Academic Awards, the Institute for Regional and International Studies Awards Office, and International Academic Programs. Staff from each unit will share information about a variety of campus-wide and nationally competitive scholarships with a focus on awards for foreign language or international studies.
Pizza will be served!
Working on your Peace Corps application? Led by a Writing Center instructor and a returned Peace Corps volunteer, this workshop will walk you through the application process, briefly discuss the expectations of a federal résumé, and help you draw on your experiences to write an effective Peace Corps motivation statement. Sign up online.
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