Washington Fellows Program

photo of the three 2007 Washington Fellows
Mike Salisbury, Kaneisha Trott, and Guillermo Febres worked in the Washington, D.C., office of Congressman Michael N. Castle (R-Del.), U.S. Senator Thomas R. Carper (D-Del.), and Delaware Gov. Ruth Ann Minner, respectively, during the summer of 2007.

Interns in the nation’s capital participate at the forefront of policies shaping our country.

In summer 2006, IPA launched the inaugural ten-week experiential Washington Fellows Program. Modeled after IPA’s Legislative Fellows Program, students engaged in research and writing, experienced the legislative process, and became knowledgable on critical issues affecting the state and nation, such as health care, immigration, and security, which affect both Delaware and the nation.

The summer of 2008 marked the third year of the Washington Fellows Program.  Last summer, the Fellows worked in the offices of U.S. Senator Thomas R. Carper (D-Del.), Congressman Michael N. Castle (R-Del.), and the D.C. Office of Governor Ruth Ann Minner.  The Fellows engaged in research and writing, experienced the legislative process and became knowledgeable on a number of issues important to Delaware and the nation.

Acceptance is based on a written application, recommendations, a timed writing exercise, and a panel interview with representatives from the D.C. host sites.  Students receive a stipend and can receive two credits for their work. University of Delaware professor and policy scientist Edward Freel, who spent 13 years working in Washington, is the mentor and organizer of the program. It is also anticipated that opportunities may be offered with national nonprofit organizations in 2008.

Last summer, in addition to gaining valuable work experience, the Fellows participated in a series of informal lunch meetings that afforded them unique insights into the Washington scene.  Guests included a professional lobbyist, a national political fundraiser, the founder and director of a national children’s advocacy group, and the former head of the Social Security Administration.  Similar opportunities were offered in 2008.

This program is open to all full-time University of Delaware graduate students.

For more information, contact Edward Freel (302-831-8943).