WMU News

Students offered chance at Washington, D.C., summer post

March 9, 2004

KALAMAZOO--One Western Michigan University student will learn about the role of Washington lobbyists from the inside this summer as a result of a new fellowship opportunity offered through the Department of Political Science.

WMU students have until Monday, March 15, to apply for the Lloyd Meeds Policy Fellowship Program, which will provide the student selected with a paid summer internship at Preston Gates Ellis & Rouvelas Meeds LLP, a law firm that specializes in public policy and serves as a lobbyist for a broad array of clients. The May 15 to Aug. 15 position will include special opportunities to learn about the policy process, including attendance at congressional and agency hearings with the firm's professional staff, monthly lunches with senior policy professionals and social functions outside the firm. The student will be assigned a mentor from among the organization's senior policy staff.

Dr. David Houghton, chairperson of political science, says the opportunity is open to qualified students campuswide. To be considered, students should have a 3.5 cumulative GPA, nine hours of political science course work, strong communication and organizational skills, and an interest in federal legislation, policy and politics.

To apply, students should submit a one-page statement of interest that summarizes academic work, job experiences and any political or policy experience. A resume, including contact information, should be included with the statement and the entire package must be submitted to the main office of the Department of Political Science, which is located on the third floor of Friedmann Hall.

Three finalists for the position will be selected and the sponsoring firm will interview all three candidates to make the final selection.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, 269 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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