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“I have been considering working in government for a long
time. To be at the State Department and to meet people
from different areas of U.S. government gives me a better
idea about where I want to be in the future.”
—Kirti Datla

foreign policy to science and technology nars were great—I couldn’t have asked for a at Johns Hopkins University. “They have
policy and from trade policy to cultural and more intellectual and real-life experience at speakers for two hours, two times a week,”
legal reform policy. “The goal is to show the same time.” he says. “It’s like a free seminar class for
them they are not the first generation of After these all-afternoon discussions over the entire summer. I learned a lot about
policy researchers to try to tackle the chal- tea, the group repaired to a good George-
the country of Oman and U.S.–Middle
lenges posed by globalization,” Lewis says. town restaurant to continue talking and to
East relations in general.”
“We discuss how the classic explanations and socialize over dinner. The students were
Sometimes the opportunities reach be-
methods inform current policy theorists and joined for one mid-July meal by Adele Morris
yond Washington. “There is an International
show them that, in the current policy de- ’85, an economist with the Department of
AIDS Conference in Toronto in August, the
bates, there are a wide range of disciplinary the Treasury. Morris gladly answered ques-
largest gathering of scientists, policy experts,
approaches and innovative methods that can tions covering topics ranging from her own
national representatives, and people living
be applied.” career biography to what it’s like to attend
with AIDS,” Lagos says. “My internship di-
It’s for these sessions that the interns White House meetings. The students paid
rector asked me to come up with a proposal
gather at ching ching CHA, where each stu- particular attention when she contrasted the
outlining the conference and why DATA
dent gets a chance to lead the week’s book working environments during the Clinton
should attend, which track is best, and who
discussion. Despite—or perhaps because and current Bush administrations.
from DATA should go and why. He noticed
of—the heavy reading load, the students Whenever possible, Lewis connects the
my interest in HIV/AIDS and health policy,
universally appreciate what they’re learning students to Rice alumni living in the D.C.
so he told me to include a compelling argu-
and experiencing. “It’s a wonderful oppor- area. The interns prize his effort and also
ment on why I should attend the conference
tunity,” comments Karim. “It’s very enlight- gain added value from it. Indeed, by din-
as well.”
ening. You hear a lot of people’s ideas, but ner’s end, Morris had offered to introduce
you present on your own. You’re respon- at least two students to people working in
In It for the Long Run
sible for leading the discussion, so you get government agencies.
to hone those skills, think outside the box, Professional stimulation in D.C. is all
and apply those ideas to the current time. I around, and these students were quick to
Clearly the students’ Washington experi-
was able to increase my knowledge on how take advantage. As Aresu points out, “One
ence holds great benefit, but the Jones pro-
the economy and globalization relate in the of the great things about being there is
gram has loftier, long-term goals for these
larger picture.” that some things you learn might not be
budding scholars. “We believe it’s helpful
“It was definitely alarming at first to see directly related to work—seminars, speak-
to have our internships take place in the
the stack of books,” Lagos says. “But after ers, things you can get into without charge
sophomore or junior year,” Lewis explains.
looking at the titles, it was really exciting that can open your mind to different pos-
“Then they can use their experience as a
because lots of the reading was so pertinent sibilities of work and study.” Aresu cites a guide to future research and to apply for
and relevant to what I was doing in my summer lecture series on Oman and U.S. something prestigious like Fulbright, Tru-
work. It’s an inspiration to read and see the policy staged by the National Council on man, Rhodes, Boren, Wagoner, and other
academic basis, to see what was going on U.S.–Arab Relations at the Paul H. Nitze advanced-study scholarships.”
in my organization and in D.C. The semi- School of Advanced International Studies The 2006 interns understand the long-
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