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Exciting NEW concentration in
Political Engagement & Advocacy!!!
Just Opened June 2018!

2018-2019 Applications

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Exciting NEW Federal Fellows concentration in Political Engagement and Advocacy!!!
Just Opened in June 2018 by popular demand— APPLY NOW! For students of ALL MAJORS!

Interested in political engagement at the local, state or national levels? Want to run for office, become a staffer on the Hill, and/or influence or make policy? Apply NOW to the amazing, empowering Federal Fellows Program!

Course Description: This course will examine questions and issues in the practice of political engagement and advocacy.  The seminar will focus on the art of building a lifetime of political engagement (at local, state, or national levels) and will cover such topics as how to participate in the political process, run for office, become a legislative staffer, and influence or make policy.  This non-partisan course will also stress the importance of civil discourse across political parties. The class will utilize public institution publications and government documents, as well as academic literature, in the readings.  Practitioners with experience in the political, civic engagement, and advocacy arenas will share their knowledge and expertise with students and participate in class discussions.  

Instructor Biography: Dale Crowell has over 20 years of political development, public affairs, community relations and civic education experience working in the federal government, private sector, non-profit, and international organizations. He currently serves as the Congressional Liaison for the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States where he manages relations with the United States Congress. He has also served as the director of communications for the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Pan American Development Foundation as well as a congressional staffer. Mr. Crowell has also held positions with the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems. He is a doctoral candidate in American Politics at Catholic University where he earned a Master of Arts in Congressional and Presidential Studies and was APSA Minority Fellow. He was also a former McNair Scholar at the University of Maryland, College Park where he earned his bachelor's degree in Government and Politics.

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Amelia Avis Awarded Udall Scholarship!

Amelia Avis

Amelia Avis (Federal Fellow '17, Energy and Environmental Policy) was awarded the Udall Scholarship and NOAA Pathways Internship! She is a junior Government and Politics major, studying Environmental Policy in the BA/MPP program. She is the Director of Government Affairs for the SGA's Student Sustainability Committee, and participated in the Federal Fellows program from 2016-2017, with an Environment and Energy Policy internship at the Embassy of Canada in Washington, D.C. She has interned with organizations including the U.S. EPA, the U.S. Forest Service, the Chesapeake Bay Program, and the U.S. State Department, and will have a Pathways internship experience at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Summer 2018. Amelia hopes to work in international climate or fisheries policy.

The Udall Scholarship is a national scholarship for students demonstrating leadership, public service, and commitment to Native American or environmental issues. It is provided by the Morris K. Udall and Stewart Udall Foundation in honor of the former Congressmen's dedication to conservation and environmentalism. Udall scholars attend a weeklong orientation in Tuscon, Arizona, learning from environmental and tribal leaders.

Program Snapshot

  • Learn how to work toward solutions and effect change in the public service sector.
  • Develop insight into public policy and gain professional experience in Washington, D.C.
  • Open to students from all majors, this yearlong program combines a fall subject-based seminar course taught by industry experts, with a spring internship for college credit.
  • Field trips, out-of-class events, and conversations with policy leaders deepen an understanding of the federal government and policymaking.
  • Professional development workshops help students navigate the internship search process and prepare for future careers.

Policy Concentrations

Federal Fellows pursue one of the following concentrations:  
  • Political Engagement and Advocacy
  • Energy and Environmental Policy
  • Homeland Security Policy
  • Public Health Policy
    Anyone considering a career in public service of interested in learning first-hand about the federal government is encouraged to apply!