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Government

Research Opportunities

The Hamilton Washington, D.C. Program offers a combination of rigorous academic study and real-world experience in national government to the 16 juniors and seniors who participate each fall. Students do research and attend seminars led by a resident member of Hamilton's Government Department while working full time in a Washington, D.C., office. In recent years, students have worked in the White House Communications Office, the Senate Judiciary Committee, the State Department and the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division.

Created in 1969, the provides a combination of academic study and experience in national government to the 16 juniors and seniors who participate in the program each fall. Students conduct research and attend seminars led by a resident member of the department while working full time in Congressional and/or executive offices. In recent years, students have worked in the White House Communications Office, the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, and in the State Department.

Grant Whitney '17
Grant Whitney ’17 Makes a Difference Through U.N. Foundation Internship

For students interested in government, a summer spent interning in Washington, D.C. is a dream come true. This summer Grant Whitney ’17 lived that dream as an intern for the United Nations Foundation, an organization that advocates on behalf of the United Nations. Whitney’s internship was made possible by the Joseph F. Anderson ’44 Internship Fund and provided him with valuable insight into the processes of government and law-making.  More ...

Chloe Ma'17 at her internship at Global Nomads Group.
Chloe Ma ’17 Becomes a Global Nomad

One day, Chloe Ma ’17 hopes to start her own international non-governmental organization. This summer she gained valuable experience toward that goal. With funding from the Summer Internship Support Fund, she worked as the summer operations intern at Global Nomads Group, a non-profit organization that uses technology to foster cultural exchange between youth all around the world.   More ...

Hady Hewidy '17
Hewidy ’17 Driven to Understand Egypt’s Revolution

Though it has been almost five years since President Hosni Mubarak’s regime toppled in Egypt, the dust is still settling from the political turmoil that followed. This summer, Hady Hewidy ’17 is looking back at the years before the 2011 revolution, examining trends in political engagement and participation in the preceding decade that may be fundamental to understanding the groundswell in opposition to Mubarak’s government.  More ...

Dual Internships Inform Lia Parker-Belfer's ’16 Pursuit of Social Justice

While many choose to relax over the summer, Lia Parker-Belfer ’16 has been advancing her academic and professional interests through dual internships in Washington D.C.: one at recently-established consulting firm Three Point Strategies and the other in the office of Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).  More ...

Chris Bousquet ’16 at DC Inno
The Write Stuff

Chris Bousquet ’16 is entering the world of journalism this summer as an editorial intern for DC Inno, the Washington, D.C. branch of Streetwise Media. Streetwise Media was co-founded by Hamilton alumni Chase Garbarino ’07 and Kevin McCarthy ’07, and since its inception has expanded to own and operate digital news branches in Boston, D.C., Chicago and Austin. Bousquet’s internship at DC Inno is funded through Hamilton’s Joseph F. Anderson ’44 Internship Fund.  More ...

Nejla Asimovic '16
Nejla Asimovic ’16 Scrutinizes Sexual Violence as a Weapon of War

Nejla Asimovic ’16 is returning to the country of her birth this summer to study the history and ongoing effects of sexual violence in the context of war. Asimovic, a native of Sarajevo, the largest city in the Balkan nation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, is undertaking a research project titled Sexual Violence Against Women and Girls: A Weapon of War? under the advisement of assistant professor of government Gbemende Johnson. Asimovic is one of four Hamilton students this summer whose research is funded through the Kirkland Endowment’s Summer Associates program.  More ...

Professor Alan Cafruny, left, at the Council of Europeanists, Sciences Po conference.
Cafruny Takes Part in Council of Europeanists Conference

Alan Cafruny, the  Henry Platt Bristol Professor of International Affairs, took part in the annual conference of the Council of Europeanists, Sciences Po, Paris, from July 7-11. Cafruny led a Ph.D. workshop sponsored by the European Political Integration and Global Politic Economy Network, presented a paper and was a discussant at the Plenary Lecture on "Imagining Europe" sponsored by the European Integration Research Network.  More ...

Cassie Dennison '16
Cassidy Dennison ’16 Explores Lobbying Career Through D.C. Internship

Cassidy (Cassie) Dennison ’16 is spending her summer interning as a legislative analyst at Williams & Jensen, LLC, in Washington D.C, a litigation and lobbying firm.  Dennison, a government major, discovered the internship through a connection at the Hamilton College Career Center, which put her in contact with Hamilton alumnus George Baker ’74, a partner at Williams & Jensen. The firm is home to a number of other Hamilton alumni, including Baker’s fellow partner Frank Vlossak ’89, Marc Pitarresi ’10 and Kevin Prior ’13.  More ...

Ming Chun Tang '16
Tang ’16 Studies Media Response to Climate Science

Roughly every five or six years, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) publishes a report that indicates the current impact of climate change and consequent policy recommendations. The most recent report, the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report, contains three separate reports based on the IPCC’s working groups. Ming Chun Tang ’16, under the guidance of Professor of Government Peter Cannavo, is researching online news media’s coverage of the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report for his Levitt Fellowship this summer.  More ...

Jorgensen '16 Interns With U.S. Foreign Commercial Service

For over two centuries, the United States and Denmark have enjoyed uninterrupted diplomatic relations. Since 1801, Denmark has been a strong ally of the U.S., making it our oldest Scandinavian ally and one of the oldest in Europe. This summer, Peter Jorgensen ’16, a world politics major, is interning with the U.S. Foreign Commercial Service (FCS) at the U.S. Embassy in Copenhagen. His internship is supported by the Katharine Eckman ’09 Fund.  More ...

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