<P>10northern now winter 2016 Every year, NIU Department of Political Science Chair Matt Streb takes a group of students to Washington, D.C., over spring break. The students tour the Capitol and get some behind-the- scenes views the general public never gets to see. But the most valuable experience the students have, he says, is meeting with alumni at a reception hosted by the NIU Alumni Association. Theres a strong alumni group out there, and every time the students come back they say that was the most bene?cial part of the trip, he says. Weve had people get internships out of it, make connections out of it … D.C. is all about networking. If students are able to get a foot in the door because theres an alum who is willing to work with them, its very valuable. Some students do more than visit the nations capital – Streb says at least ten NIU students, from a variety of majors, interned in Washington, D.C., last summer. NIU friends and alumni offering students experience on Capitol Hill include Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth; Jeffrey Salmon, 77, the deputy director of resource management at the U.S. Department of Energy; and John Cline, 81, senior managing director of lobbying group FTI Consulting. Streb says he knows of at least eight former interns who now have jobs in D.C. Weve had students come back and say, ‘This is what I want to do, he says. Even interns who come back and say, ‘I learned Washington is not for me will say the program is one of the most bene?cial things theyve done. NIU business major Terry Lesyk spent the summer as an intern at FTI Consulting, where he says interns do so much more than fetch coffee. I learned so much about the lobbying world and about politics, and how the worlds of business and government are intertwined, he says. I also learned how to network with people, how to talk to people. …They would tell us, ‘If you spend your whole day staring at a computer screen, youre wasting your time. Take a break and go out on the Mall. You do that, and you see these places, and it just inspires you to go back and do better. Congresswoman Robin Kelly has hosted interns in her Washington of?ce the last two years. This past summer, Kellys intern, Miki Grace, was the same student she had mentored during the school year. There are so many young people in D.C. – my staff are all young – so she spent a lot of time with them, getting advice from them, Kelly says. We still speak back and forth. From what I can tell, I believe this is going to be a lifelong relationship. Grace says she learned a lot during her time in Kellys of?ce and was inspired by the connections she made with the many young people on the congresswomans staff. While students certainly get a lot out of meeting with successful and established alumni, Streb says the importance of connecting with young alumni should not be overlooked. We put these students in front of members of Congress or the head of a lobbying ?rm, and they think its cool and they like it, but they arent picturing themselves there, he says. When they meet our young alumni, these are people who look like them, who just a couple of years ago were sitting in the same seats, and students can visualize themselves in their shoes. NIU alumni help students envision a career on Capitol Hill By Dana Herra, ‘01 PICTUREYOURSELFHERE HUSKIES IN D.C.</p> <UL><LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1137/pfuffguzq/1/1/">Front-Cover</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1137/pfuffguzq/2/2/">Inside-Front-Cover</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1137/pfuffguzq/3/3/">Page-1</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1137/pfuffguzq/4/4/">Page-2</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1137/pfuffguzq/5/5/">Page-3</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1137/pfuffguzq/6/6/">Page-4</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1137/pfuffguzq/7/7/">Page-5</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1137/pfuffguzq/8/8/">Page-6</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1137/pfuffguzq/9/9/">Page-7</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1137/pfuffguzq/10/10/">Page-8</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1137/pfuffguzq/11/11/">Page-9</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1137/pfuffguzq/12/12/">Page-10</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1137/pfuffguzq/13/13/">Page-11</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1137/pfuffguzq/14/14/">Page-12</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1137/pfuffguzq/15/15/">Page-13</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1137/pfuffguzq/16/16/">Page-14</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1137/pfuffguzq/17/17/">Page-15</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1137/pfuffguzq/18/18/">Page-16</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1137/pfuffguzq/19/19/">Page-17</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1137/pfuffguzq/20/20/">Page-18</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1137/pfuffguzq/21/21/">Page-19</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1137/pfuffguzq/22/22/">Page-20</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1137/pfuffguzq/23/23/">Page-21</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1137/pfuffguzq/24/24/">Page-22</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1137/pfuffguzq/25/25/">Page-23</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1137/pfuffguzq/26/26/">Page-24</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1137/pfuffguzq/27/27/">Page-25</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1137/pfuffguzq/28/28/">Page-26</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1137/pfuffguzq/29/29/">Page-27</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1137/pfuffguzq/30/30/">Page-28</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1137/pfuffguzq/31/31/">Page-29</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1137/pfuffguzq/32/32/">Back-Cover</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publications/1137/x/sitemap.xml" target="_blank">site map</a></LI> </UL>


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