Internship Spotlight: Public Policy Track of Engalitcheff Institute on Comparative Political and Economic Systems

Students participating in the Public Policy track of the Engalitcheff Institute on Comparative Political and Economic Systems (ICPES) are placed with a variety of organizations in the Washington Metro area, including policy groups, think tanks, federal agencies, Congressional offices and nonprofit organizations. Each student has the opportunity to gain real-world professional experience while expanding his or her understanding of the political & policy- making process. Here we feature two sites that have provided learning opportunities for past participants of ICPES.

The U.S. Small Business Administration: Since it’s founding in 1953, the U.S. Small Business Administration has provided assistance to small businesses across America through business financing, education and training, government contracting and advocacy.  TFAS students have been gaining valuable work experience through internships at SBA for the past five years. 

Clinton Anderson (’10) described his internship as “an excellent experience working in the professional world, particularly in regards to further developing expertise and research capabilities.” 

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs seeks to fulfill President Lincoln’s promise “to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan” by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s veterans. 

TFAS interns in the Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs assist with writing articles for publication, answering letter inquiries and working with media lists and contacts to further the reach of the VA.  For example, last year, TFAS student Amanda Nicol had her articles published in inter-office and department-wide publications.

Here are a few other examples of sites that have hosted students participating in the Public Policy track of the Engalitcheff Institute on Comparative Political and Economic Systems (ICPES):

  • American Family Business Institute
  • Broadcasting Board of Governors
  • Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute
  • Federal Communications Commission
  • National Crime Prevention Council
  • National Foundation for Women Legislators
  • Student Conservation Association
  • U.S. Department of the Treasury
  • U.S. Small Business Administration

For details on internships available through ICPES, please visit www.DCinternships.org/ICPES.

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