Victoria Bell graduated in 2014 with a BA in Politics and a double minor in Education Policy and Poverty and Human Capability Studies. Upon graduating, she moved to Washington, DC, and since then, she has acquired a wide range of professional experiences: Victoria is currently the Assistant Director of K-12 Education Relationships at The Philanthropy Roundtable. Prior to her current role, she was the Associate Policy Director for Educational Opportunity at ExcelinEd, where she analyzed state education policies. Victoria has also worked on Capitol Hill as a Legislative Aide and for a DC-based lobbying firm as Government Affairs Manager. While at W&L, Victoria was an RA and studied abroad in Costa Rica and China.
Government, Politics, and Public Policy
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- American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research - The nonpartisan, nonprofit institution is dedicated to strengthening free enterprise and conducts research on issues of government, politics, economics, and social welfare.
- Brookings Institution - The nonprofit public policy organization is consistently ranked as the most influential think tank in the U.S.
- Carnegie Endowment for International Peace - The nonprofit organization is dedicated to advancing cooperation between nations and promoting active international engagement by the United States.
- Cato Institute - The think tank conducts independent, nonpartisan research on a wide range of policy issues ranging from Energy and Environment to Political Philosophy to Trade and Immigration.
- Center for American Progress - The think tank focuses on public policy issues such as energy, national security, economic growth and opportunity, immigration, education, and health care.
- Center for Strategic and International Studies - A public policy research institution dedicated to analysis and policy impact in government, international institutions, the private sector, and civil society.
- Council on Foreign Relations - The nonprofit nonpartisan think tank specializes in U.S. foreign policy.
- Heritage Foundation - The think tank does research on a variety of issues - domestic & economic, foreign & defense, and legal & judicial.
- National Institute for Research Advancement World Directory Think Tanks (NWDTT) - Provides details on organizational structures of approximately 500 institutions in 100 countries and the research activities in which they engage.
- Penn Hill Group - A leading bipartisan government relations firm focused on education, workforce and youth issues in DC - regularly offers summer internships.
- Peterson Institute for International Economics - The nonprofit, nonpartisan research institution is dedicated to the study of international economic policy.
- RAND Corporation - The global organization focuses on a wide range of issues including health, education, national security, international affairs, law and business, and the environment.
- Advice and Resources for working on the Hill
- Brad Traverse - Subscription based ($6/month) job listings "for opportunities that impact social change and policy [in DC and] across the nation."
- CQ Roll Call - Internship Guide - Roll Call's guide to acing your internship.
- DC Public Affairs + Communications Jobs blog - Daily posts with new jobs and internshps in Public Affairs, Communications, Public Relations, Media, Web Development, Lobbying and related fields.
- Democratic National Committee - Internships
- Opportunities in Public Affairs - Opportunities in Public Affairs is the #1 source of Capitol Hill Jobs, Legislative jobs, and Public Affairs and PR jobs in the Washington, DC area and nationwide. Please contact email@example.com for login information.
- Politico - Politico is a great resource for political news and other articles.
- Republican National Committee - Internships
- State Legislative Internship Programs and Coordinators - Provides internship application information and contacts by state.
- The Balance - This is a great resource for political news and how to articles.
- theHill - The Hill offers the latest news and job opportunities for people interested in policy or a political career.
- The House Employment Bulletin - The House Bulletin is published week as a resource for House Offices and committees choosing to advertise staff vacancies.
- The Senate Employment Bulletin - The Senate Employment Bulletin is published as a service to Senate offices choosing to advertise staff vacancies.
- What to include in a Federal Resume - Don't miss the resources links at end of the page
- 5 Tips to Prepare for a US Government Security Clearance
- American Advantage Capital Scholars Program - Offers paid internships to black and minority students (or graduates) in all fields within top-level federal departments and agencies in Washington, D.C.
- Central Intelligence Agency Internship Program - This is designed to give promising undergraduate students, the opportunity to gain practical work experience that complements their academic studies.
- Congressional Research Service - Internships, fellowships and other work experience opportunities with the federal government.
- Federal Bureau of Investigation - Summer Honors program and entry level positions. Seniors encouraged to start applying within 90 days of graduation.
- Federal Government Career Guides
- Federal occupations by college major - Use this non-exhaustive list of occupations well suited to your choice of major to get related series numbers to use in your usajobs.gov job search.
- IntelligenceCareers.gov - New website for candidates interested in internships and full-time jobs in the intelligence community (Defense Intelligence Agency, National Security Agency, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Office of the Director of National Intelligence). Site hosts Job Exploration Tool, resume advice, agency information/mission, student page and job postings. Security clearances can take up to 12 months - apply in the spring for positions the summer after next (more than a year out). Juniors can apply for full-time positions starting after graduation.
- NASA Contracting Intern Program - The NASA Headquarters Office of Procurement administers the NASA Contracting Intern Program (NCIP) targeted towards recent college graduates in business-related fields.
- New York State Assembly Internship Program - The Assembly Internship Program gives qualified students the chance to work in the New York State Assembly.
- Senate Internships - This is not all inclusive list, check individual websites as well.
- The Smithsonian Associates (TSA) Internships - Interns are offered unique opportunities to learn about all aspects of educational programming for both adults and children.
- U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Summer Honors College Program - Students have the opportunity to work for ten weeks during the summer at the Commission's Washington, DC headquarters or in one of its 11 regional and district offices nationwide.
- U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Intern Program - This program is designed to help recruit and attract exceptional individuals to a broad spectrum of occupations within HUD.
- Virtual Student Federal Service - Virtual internships with federal agencies during the academic year for students from all majors and class years; application period is open in July preceding academic year.
- White House Internship Program - Learn how to contact and get updates from the White House and apply to be an intern or a post-graduate Fellow, e.g., Council on Environmental Quality internship application deadeline is in March.
- 80,000 Hours - Job board for positions that "focus on the global problems where we expect additional work to have the biggest impact"
- Foreign Affairs Information Technology Fellowship with The Washington Center - Current application is for Class of 2022 - apply fall 2021; US citizenship required; Fellows earn MA in IT related major, includes tuition support and summer internships with State Dept.
- American Foreign Service Association (AFSA) - Internships in Foreign Affairs and resources for The Foreign Service Career
- Foreign Affairs Career Center - Seniors and alumni can search for positions with foreign affairs offices by state and type of position (e.g., banking and finance, communications, consulting, economics, legal, nonprofit, security).
- Mock Convention - The Washington and Lee University Mock Convention is a quadrennial tradition in which student delegates attempt to predict the presidential nominee of the political party currently out of the White House.
- Political Review - The Washington & Lee Political Review is a student-administered, student-centered academic journal with a clear emphasis on political science and political theory. The Review showcases exceptional undergraduate scholarship, and serves as an ambassador to the academic community at large.
- Washington Term - The Washington Term Program has been in existence for three decades. It was established by Bill Connelly, John K. Boardman Professor of Politics, and has provided more than 400 Washington and Lee students with a memorable living and learning experience in Washington, D.C. since 1987. Students have used the six-week spring term course to launch careers in every branch of government.
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