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Congratulations to the Summer Class of Public Policy Interns!

By Hayley Cox

The Public Policy Internship Program (PPIP) is an academic service to Texas A&M University students, providing out-of-classroom opportunities and helping students build on and enhance coursework they have undertaken during collegiate education. As Texas A&M recognizes internships as an integral part of an Aggie education, PPIP helps students to find these hands-on internships and move beyond their classroom knowledge.

public policyPPIP was established in 1999 by Texas A&M President Dr. Ray Bowen and since then approximately 500 Aggies have interned in Washington, D.C., Austin, and Paris. More recently, PPIP has expanded to London and other European Union cities such as Nice, Brussels, and Berlin. The internship program is coordinated by the Texas A&M office of the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies.

Students selected for PPIP’s Washington, D.C. internships (offered throughout the fall, spring, and summer) are chosen for their communication skills, initiative, potential, diligence, and personal integrity. While students must have excellent grades, but they must also be poised to take full advantage of the program. Prospective PPIP Washington, D.C. interns undergo an application and interview process.

Five Texas A&M University Honors and Undergraduate Research (HUR) students have joined the crop of summer PPIP interns in Washington, D.C.!

Sarah Armstrong – Senior Editor and Layout Designer for Explorations: the Texas A&M Undergraduate Journal
Gus Blessing – University Scholar
Sophia Makris – University Honors
Alex Masucci – University Honors
Amanda Streetman – Undergraduate Research Scholar

Sophia Makris - University Honors - PPIP Intern
Sophia Makris – University Honors – PPIP Intern
PPIP intern for Summer 2013 Sophia Makris ‘14 has been selected to intern with the Texas A&M System Office of Federal Relations in Washington, D.C. Makris wrote a research essay, submitted a cover letter and letters of recommendation, and completed an interview process en route to her selection. She said, “Overall, the application process was a learning opportunity in itself and I greatly enjoyed my experience.”

Makris, a history major, has had the opportunity to attend meetings and learn about the higher education policy process since arriving in D.C. in late May. She said she loves getting to see so much of the work that impacts her university. The current PPIP intern said, “I have a very unique opportunity to experience this city for three months and I am looking forward to everything I will learn from my interactions here… Having the opportunity to live and work in D.C. as a college student is unbeatable! ”

Alex Masucci - University Honors - PPIP Intern
Alex Masucci – University Honors – PPIP Intern
Economics student Alex Masucci ’15 has also been selected as a PPIP Washington, D.C. summer intern. Since he arrived in late May, he has been tracking legislation and attending hearings on human services programs such as Medicaid and Head Start. He said his main duties are to report critical changes on these programs to state and local administrators of human services, relay their feedback to Congressional staff, and write weekly articles on particularly important items.

Masucci expects to gain professional experience from participating in the legislative process during his time as a PPIP intern this summer. He said, “I have never been to D.C., so I’m excited to explore everything that it has to offer over the course of the summer!”

The Honors and Undergraduate Research Department would like to congratulate the 2013 PPIP Washington, D.C. summer interns – Sarah Armstrong, Gus Blessing, Sophia Makris, Alex Masucci, and Amanda Streetman!


University Honors Student chosen for PPIP internship in DC

Clayton-CromerClayton Cromer

Clayton Cromer is a sophomore from Oklahoma City, OK, working on his bachelor’s degree in economics with a minor in philosophy.  He is a member of the College of Liberal Arts Cornerstone Program and traveled with the group to Vienna, Austria last spring. Clayton has been involved in several organizations, both on and off campus, during his time at Texas A&M University including the Univeristy Honors Program, the MSC Wiley Lecture Series, the Texas A&M Pre-Law society, and the St. Mary’s Youth Retreat Team.  Clayton plans to attend law school following his graduation from Texas A&M.  He hopes to gain valuable experience during his internship as he plans to pursue a career in national defense and national security.


For full story and complete list of 2013 PPIP Interns check out http://ppip.tamu.edu/current-interns/d-c-interns/

Former Student Spotlight: Adam Williams

Adam Williams 2012
Adam Williams ’04 with his family

Former Student Adam Williams ’04 was recently profiled by the Bush School and in President Loftin’s weekly update for his recent accomplishments, which include being named 2012 Most Promising Engineer-Government in the Black Engineer of the Year awards. Adam graduated in 2004 with a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering and in 2007 with an master’s in International Affairs from the Bush School. Adam is a senior R&D systems engineer at Sandia National Laboratories, but he was at one time renowned as the president the TAMU Hip Hop Society and for holding the record as the longest resident of Lechner—he lived there one year as a freshman, one year as an SA, and then three years as an RA as a member of Lechner classes XII through XVI! Adam recently took some time to offer reflections on his time as an Honors student at Texas A&M.

How did you end up at Texas A&M?
Growing up, I had always enjoyed playing with Legos–the freedom to create, the problem-solving behind the construction of my epic Lego cities–that is what directed me toward engineering.  I had thought about applying to out of state schools (Duke, Stanford, etc.), but something about my visits to College Station just drew me in.  Once I applied, I was offered an academic scholarship and eventually was awarded a Terry Foundation Scholarship.  Texas A&M’s high academic standards and deep sense of community are what drew me in, and TAMU Honors office’s dedication to helping talented students achieve their dreams is how I got there.

What are your favorite memories of Honors?
First, the friendships. Some of my greatest friends and deepest relationships were made during my time in TAMU’s Honors program (in fact, I’ve been in more than one wedding of friends that I’ve met through the Honors Program!).

Second, the academic challenges and opportunities provided through participating in the Honors program were incredible – and set the stage for where I am today (sitting in a room in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates as the US Government project lead for a regional human capital development program to develop the next generation of decision-makers in Middle Eastern nuclear power programs).

Third, in a word-Lechner.  Spending five years living in one place is bound to leave an indelible mark, and Lechner Hall – and it’s residents and my fellow staff members – have left memories that I will always remember.

The SAs (Sophomore Advisors) my freshman year designed Lechner’s first “Maroon Out” t-shirts.  These were some pretty sweet shirts!  I was walking with my friends near Simpson Drill Field on the way to game one Saturday morning when I heard someone yelling at me from behind.  I ignored it until a gentleman ran up to me and out of breath said, “Where did you get that shirt?”  I told him that it was only sold within Lechner and apologized and tried to continue on to the game. He called after me, “well, my wife was in one of the first classes of Lechner Hall and she would LOVE that shirt! How much for the one you’re wearing?”  So, I sold the shirt off my back because the spouse of former Lechner resident had heard about how special the community is in that residence hall.  In addition to being a hilarious story, this story symbolizes the most important aspect of TAMU’s Honors Program – it’s community.

In what aspects of the Honors Program did you participate?
As many as possible!  I graduated with both University and Foundation Honors distinctions.  I completed two semesters of Honors Level undergraduate research.  I took special topics honors courses in Globalization and Introduction to Hip Hop Culture.  I was an institutional nominee for the Rhodes Scholarship Program and a national semi-finalist for the Harry S Truman National Scholarship.  Though not officially selected as a University Scholar, I was able to participate in the University Scholar Seminars every semester throughout the remainder of my undergraduate career.  So, likely to the chagrin of many at the time, I was pretty much a fixture in Honors Program and a frequent visitor in the Honors Office!

How did your internship experience shape your career path?
My time in DC greatly shaped my career path as it opened my eyes to many different avenues and mechanisms currently available that were tackling my particular area of interest (nuclear nonproliferation). While I didn’t participate in the Public Policy Internship Program, I spent lots of time with students who did make it to DC through this program. So, I HIGHLY recommend getting to DC if you are at all interested in a career in public service. Summers spent in DC are invaluable in the professional experience you gain and the number of contacts you can make.

What advice can you offer Honors students as they look forward to an uncertain future?
I would have to simply say: “Don’t make yourself one-dimensional.”  Whatever your major is, take opportunities to delve into topics/areas that are completely different and take advantage of the wonderful opportunities that the Honors Program give you to do just that.  If I had not added an English Minor to my Mechanical Engineering undergraduate degree program, I would not have gotten my first big internship in DC that helped launched my current career.

I also find it incredibly stress-relieving to allow your brain to work on a topic that is vastly different that your academic emphasis. Reading for my African American Literature class or special topics Introduction to Hip Hop Culture class my senior year often saved my sanity as I was juggling senior level engineering classes and senior design.  Making yourself multi-dimensional not only makes you more attractive to potential graduate programs and employers, but it also exposes you to new arenas and avenues through which to pursue your dreams.

Any closing thoughts?
Take advantage of the opportunities available to you, don’t be afraid to try something new or different, and get ready for big things to come!  For those students considering the Honors Program, I simply want to say – don’t be afraid of something that seems too hard, too difficult, too challenging.  The Honors Program has been built on students just like you – tentative, maybe even hesitant at first – but all of us navigated the challenges and turned them from reasons to being scared to opportunities to excel.

Pew Charitable Trust Offers New Internship

The Pew Leadership Year

The Pew Leadership Year offers hands-on experience in public policy advocacy, research and communications to individuals who are dedicated to building a leadership career in the public or nonprofit sectors and have recently completed an undergraduate or advanced degree.  The first Pew Leadership Year will begin in September 2010 and conclude in August 2011.

These year-long, paid positions – all based in our Washington, DC, office – will provide 22 exceptionally talented graduates the chance to work alongside Pew professionals, gaining valuable skills while making important contributions to our work.  Pew Leadership Fellows will learn and hone essential skills that will help them thrive not only during their tenure at Pew, but in any chosen career.

Participants will work with a diverse group of Pew staff in specific departments.  Through observation and involvement, each fellow will have the opportunity to work on critical issues, which may include: global conservation; U.S. land conservation; marine environmental advocacy; global warming and energy policy; federal banking regulations; financial reform; state fiscal issues; election initiatives; public safety; the healthy development of young children; and early childhood education.

Each program participant will focus on one discipline – advocacy/policy, research or communications – within one department – Pew Center on the States, Pew Economic Policy Group, Pew Environment Group or Pew Health Group.  While immersed in one area, participants will have ample exposure to other program areas and attend professional and leadership development seminars.

During their Pew Leadership year, Fellows will have a wide range of responsibilities, which may include:

  • Conduct original research and writing projects.
  • Collect, compile and analyze data.
  • Provide financial assistance to advocates and other leaders to educate policy makers and the public about the benefits of various programs.
  • Become immersed in the research, planning, strategy formulation and execution of a multi-state advocacy campaign.
  • Help prepare for press and other events and attend seminars, briefings or congressional hearings.
  • Assist in efforts to educate policy makers, coordinate work with coalition partners and create fact sheets and other materials.
  • Help create effective online presentations that promote various issues and campaigns.
  • Track legislation and relevant press coverage and research public officials’ records and statements.
  • Support a broad range of advocacy activities.


The Pew Leadership Year is open to individuals graduating with a bachelor or advanced degree from December 2009 through August 2010.  Individuals who studied the following areas are strongly encouraged to apply: economics, political science, environmental science, health science, communications, journalism or public policy.  An applicant must have the legal right to work in the United States at the time of applying to the program.

The criteria for assessment of applicants will include:

  • Evidence of superior academic achievement.
  • Demonstrated analytical skills through academic studies and/or work experience, including an ability to synthesize large amounts of information and focus quickly on the essence of an issue.
  • A strong commitment to producing measurable results.
  • Demonstrated leadership capabilities.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills, including an ease in communicating complex concepts in a clear, effective manner for a general audience.
  • Demonstrated interest through academic study and/or prior full-time or part-time work experience in building a leadership career.
  • Demonstrated understanding of policy, research and organizational issues.
  • Ability to perform substantive research.
  • Results-oriented style with a focus on process and achievement.
  • Recognized ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to develop and manage productive relationships with colleagues.

Application Process

Applications are available online in the Careers @ Pew / Pew Leadership Year section of Pew’s website at www.pewtrusts.org.   We suggest you create a login ID and password, allowing for future access to edit your information.

Applications should be submitted no later than May 24, 2010.

A cover letter is not required.

School transcript and recommendation letters are required at the time of an office interview.

Essays:  In addition to the application questions, two essays are required.  Each essay should be no longer than 400 words.  Each should be a concise, well-written essay describing your academic studies and other relevant experiences and how each has prepared you to pursue a career in public policy or the nonprofit sector. The essays may include any notable coursework, research activities, participation in local, regional, or national volunteer activities, and work experience. Your essays should also provide information illustrating your leadership experience and ability to work independently as well as in teams.

Essay 1:

Explain your reasons for applying to Pew’s one-year leadership program and why you have chosen your areas of interest.   Include how your education and prior experiences make you well-qualified for the position.  What strengths and ideas do you bring to the role?

Essay 2:

Describe an experience that demonstrates your leadership abilities and qualities.  What was the objective of the effort, and what role did you play to encourage success?  In hindsight, is there anything you would have done differently?

Interview Process

You will be contacted in late May should you be selected for an interview.  The first round of interviews will be conducted by telephone.  We expect to invite finalist candidates to our Washington, DC, office for a last round of interviews in the first two weeks of June.  Arrangements may be made for a video-conference interview in lieu of an in-office interview.

Please note that applicants are responsible for any travel expenses.

Offers will be extended in late June/early July 2010.

Program Areas Hosting Pew Leadership Fellows

Pew Center on the States

Pew’s Center on the States (PCS) works to advance state policies that serve the public interest. PCS conducts credible research, brings together diverse perspectives, and analyzes states’ experiences to determine what works and what does not. We work with a wide variety of partners to identify and advance nonpartisan, pragmatic solutions for pressing problems affecting Americans. www.pewcenteronthestates.org

–          Policy/Advocacy Positions – Children’s Campaign

–          Research Positions – State Fiscal Policy and Government Performance

Pew Economic Policy Group

Pew’s Economic Policy Group (PEPG) combines a belief in the importance of upward mobility and the power of the market economy. In this spirit, we promote policies and practices that strengthen and ensure the future competitiveness of the U.S. economy by cultivating new bipartisan coalitions, informing critical national debates and striving toward meaningful policy change. www.pewtrusts.org/economicpolicy

–          Research Positions – Subsidyscope; Financial Reform

Pew Environment Group
The Pew Environment Group (PEG) is the conservation arm of The Pew Charitable Trusts and focuses primarily on addressing the problems of climate change, the preservation of large intact wilderness ecosystems, and the protection of the global marine environment. www.pewenvironment.org

–          Policy/Advocacy  Positions – Campaigns; Government and Field Operations

–          Communications Positions

Pew Health Group

The Pew Health Group (PHG) seeks to improve the health and well-being of all Americans.  Based on research and critical analysis, the program advocates policies that reduce unacceptable health risks, focusing on areas that include food, medical and consumer product safety. www.pewtrusts.org/health

–          Communications Positions – Web and Media

–          Policy/Advocacy Positions – Financial Security Portfolio

We are an equal opportunity employer.

Indonesia Nonprofit Internship Seeking Applicants

The Institute of International Education is pleased to announce the inauguration of an exciting new program: The Freeman Indonesia Nonprofit Internship Program (FINIP), which aims to develop student leaders and strengthen the nonprofit sector in Indonesia. IIE will select and pair 10 Indonesian students pursuing U.S. degrees with 10 U.S. undergraduates and arrange internships for them to work together in an Indonesian nonprofit organization.

The 9-week experience, from June 15 to August 17, 2010, will take place in three cities: Jakarta, Bandung and Yogyakarta. All program-related costs will be covered.

Upon returning to the U.S., students will be expected to share their experiences with peers on their home campuses and to explore ways to incorporate what they learned over the summer into their academic and professional careers.

Interested American and Indonesian sophomores and juniors enrolled in U.S. institutions are encouraged to apply, using the online application at http://www.iie.org/programs/finip. The deadline for submission of completed applications is February 15, 2010.

For further information and guidance in applying, contact Kyle Mox – kemox@tamu.edu or (979) 845.1957.

Homeland Security Offers Scholarships, Internships for Science and Technology

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced that it is now accepting applications for its DHS Scholarships and DHS Summer Internships.

The DHS Undergraduate Scholarship Program is intended for students interested in pursuing the basic science and technology innovations that can be applied to the DHS Mission. The program supports students at the undergraduate level. The award includes full tuition and fees and a monthly stipend plus a 10-week summer internship doing research in a DHS-related area. Application Deadline: January 5, 2010

The DHS HS-STEM Summer Internship Program provides a 10-week summer research experience for undergraduate students majoring in homeland security related science, technology, engineering and mathematics (HS-STEM) disciplines. Students will have the opportunity to conduct research in DHS mission-relevant areas at various federal research facilities. Participants receive a stipend of $500 each week plus transportation expenses to/from their internship location.

Application Deadline: January 5, 2010.