What exactly does the “Spring Break in Public Affairs” program entail? The Spring Break in Public Affairs program will involve a series of informational networking meetings over Spring Break (March 10-14) with alumni working at lobbying firms, trade associations, companies, and on Capitol Hill. Because it is so important in this industry to network and meet as many people as possible, this program will give participating students a real leg up in their search for internships/jobs in the industry. At the end of the week, we will have a lunch and debriefing session. The program is open to all Georgetown Law JD students.
Why is this program more beneficial than networking on my own? If you are regularly conducting your own outreach and networking, keep it up! It is important to make as many connections as possible though, and this is a great opportunity to continue expanding your network. The intended benefits of this program include: (1) We will do the legwork to outreach and set up a number of meetings with lobbyists and Congressional staffers on your behalf; (2) You will meet mostly in group sessions and can benefit from the questions and perspectives of your fellow classmates; and (3) You will have the opportunity to meet with prominent, well-respected alumni and practitioners who may not be available to meet one-on-one if you reached out independently.
Why is there an application and interview process? Is this a competitive program? There is an application and a short interview for two primary reasons: (1) We want each participant to be able to meet with a number of alumni in small group settings, so there are only a limited number of spaces available in the program. Thus, the competitiveness of the program will depend a great deal on how many applications we receive; and (2) We want to ensure that the participating students are interested in the Hill/lobbying and will represent the law school well, since participants will be meeting with some very prestigious alumni.
What is involved in the application process? In order to apply, please complete the “Spring Break in Public Affairs” application form; a copy of your current resume; your transcript (not applicable for 1L/1Es); a list of 2-3 references; and a one-page statement demonstrating your interest in lobbying/Capitol Hill and how that plays into your long-term career goals.
When is the application due? Thursday, October 31st, by noon EST. You may email your completed application materials to Jen Wetzel Van Buren at firstname.lastname@example.org or submit your materials in person to OCS, McDonough Room 328.
Who do I speak with if I have further questions? If you have any questions regarding the Spring Break in Public Affairs program, please email Jen Wetzel Van Buren at email@example.com.
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