Monday, February 19, 2018

Tuesday 2/20 presentation by Cuban Independent Journalist

Students are also welcome to attend Professor Alisa Kessel's PG 346 class in Wyatt 313 from 11-12:20 on Tuesday, 2/20 for a more informal discussion with Dimas--probably around his experience with race and class in Cuba.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Opportunity to Travel Abroad

Dear P&G student,

The Department of Politics and Government is pleased to be able to offer one student each year the opportunity to travel abroad via the Pohlad Award, endowed by P&G alum Chris Pohlad (’07).  Rising juniors and seniors are particularly encouraged to apply.

March 15, 2018: Application Due. Submit one copy of the complete application via the following form.
April 1, 2018: Awards announced via letters sent via email.
October 1, 2018: Final materials due to the faculty supervisor of the Pohlad Award.

For more information and to apply, please visit this link.

If you have questions, you can direct them to Professor Kendall, Professor O'Neil, or me.

Kind regards,


Alisa Kessel, PhD
Professor and Chair
Department of Politics & Government

DC Internships

Dear Alisa Kessel,

We are still accepting applications for the 2018 Institute on Comparative Political & Economic Systems in Washington, DC. Please forward the announcement below to any students who may be interested in spending this summer in the nation’s capital.

Sponsored by The Fund for American Studies in partnership with George Mason University, the program is an eight week summer academic intern program that offers undergraduate students a first-hand look at public policy through:
• An internship placement within the field of public policy
• Courses for credit in economics, public policy and government
• Exclusive lectures, briefings and professional development seminars
• Housing in the heart of Washington, DC

Students should apply by March 13 for admission and scholarship consideration. Visit for more information on the program and to begin an online application.

Thank you for your time and consideration. If you have any questions, I may be reached at or 202.986.0384.


Laura Cusack
Manager, Institute on Comparative Political & Economic Systems
The Fund for American Studies

LIVE. LEARN. INTERN. in Washington, DC
Public Policy + Economics Program
June 2 – July 27, 2018
Final Deadline: March 13
** Scholarship Funding Still Available**

Spend the summer getting an insider’s view of the government and how public policy is made in Washington, DC. This is an important time to be in the nation’s capital as changes to laws, regulations and the government are being debated by both sides of the aisle. Be part of history by living and working for two months in Washington, DC!

Spend your summer gaining real-world experience in the office and classroom

Set yourself apart when it comes time to find your first job after graduation by interning for a Congressional office, government agency, think tank, policy group or non-governmental organization. You will maximize your time this summer by also taking courses for 3 to 9 transferable credits from George Mason University.

As part of our comprehensive program, all participants will receive an internship placement. Our staff works to place you with an organization that fits your skills and career goals.

Picture yourself working on one of these exciting projects:

• Giving a tour to visitors on Capitol Hill.
• Attending a Congressional briefing and writing a detailed report.
• Attending meetings with a think tank policy expert.
• Researching data for a report on immigration reform initiatives.
• Planning and developing a social media campaign for human trafficking awareness.
• Attending a strategy meeting with coalition groups advocating for new comprehensive energy policies.

You will live in the heart of Washington, DC:
• Just steps from the White House, State Department and National Monuments
• Furnished apartments are on-campus at George Washington University

Apply today - there are still scholarship awards to be granted:
• More than 70% of students receive funding
• Awards are determined on the basis of financial need and merit
• Average awards of $1,000 to $4,500

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until March 13. To learn more about the programs and to begin an online application, please visit Questions may be directed to 202.986.0384 or

Friday, February 09, 2018

Exciting Paid Summer Internship at the WA St Institute for Public Policy

$12-$19 an hour, based on qualifications
Priority Deadline: March 7, 2018

Monday, February 05, 2018

Jonestown Survivor: An Insider’s Perspective

Laura Johnston Kohl is a writer, a bilingual teacher, on the Speakers’ Bureau of The Jonestown Institute, a bilingual international speaker, a Quaker, and a Board Member of the Communal Studies Association.  When 914 members of Peoples Temple and four visiting Americans died in Guyana, South America on November 18, 1978, Laura survived. She was one of 87 who lived through the trauma. In 2010 Laura published her book Jonestown Survivor: An Insider’s Look. Laura contributes to the annual Jonestown Report published by the Jonestown Institute and is helping set up a survivors’ visit to Jonestown with a documentary crew.