Insider's Guide to Political Internships: What to Do Once You're in the Door / Edition 1

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Overview

Every year, thousands of college students invade Washington, D.C. and the fifty state capitals to volunteer as political interns. Unfortunately, they are rarely able to “hit the ground running,” lacking the tools to help them do so. The Insider’s Guide to Political Internships provides those tools. This volume contains practical, concise essays written by political professionals and scholars with extensive experience supervising internships, as well as advice from many former interns. The book highlights internships on Capitol Hill, at the White House, in the executive branch, at the state level, in the Congressional district office, and at non-profit groups.

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Editorial Reviews

Grace Yu
Teaches you how to outfit yourself in the dotty world of politics.
Glen A. Halva-Neubauer
A tour de force in the field of experiential learning.
Eugene J. Alpert
An essential guide to being an intern.
Susan Molinari
An excellent roadmap for political interns working in D.C. or elsewhere.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813340166
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.48 (w) x 8.28 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

Grant Reeher has been teaching a local political internship course every semester for the past three years, and has supervised numerous students in Washington internships over the past ten years. He is also chair of the American Political Science Association's Organized Section on Undergraduate Education, and edits its newsletter, The Political Science Educator. Mack Mariani is Director of Special Projects for the Monroe County Department of Communications and a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. Previously, he served as an aide to U.S. Representative Bill Paxon and a staff member for the Monroe County Legislature.

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Table of Contents

Boxes and Figures
Acronyms
Foreword
Acknowledgments
About the Editors and Contributors
1 Introduction 3
2 How to Read Your Internship 11
3 The Capitol Hill Internship 29
4 The District Office Internship 44
5 The White House Internship 58
6 The Executive Branch Internship 73
7 The State Legislative Internship 90
8 Internships with Nonprofit Organizations 106
9 Congressional Research 123
10 Presidential and Executive Branch Research 139
11 Judicial and Legal Research 157
12 Constituent Letters 171
13 Press Releases 185
14 Talking, Points, Remarks, and Speeches 195
15 The Interns Speak 213
Index 233
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