Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Q&A Pictures

This semester's internship Q&A panel was a very successful one. With about 50 students in attendance, it was a full crowd. The panelists, Janet Anderson, Michael Wheat and Ryan Wilcox, were able to answer many of the students' questions about the benefits and logistics of doing an internship in D.C.

We had a lot of pizza and a lot of fun.

If you missed the event, we are still here to answer any questions you might have about participating in our internship program.

Come see us in Old Main 109, or contact Brandee at brandee.spackman@usu.edu

The deadline for fall internship applications is March 1st.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

20 Year Alumni Spotlight: David Butterfield

David Butterfield graduated in 1996 as an English major. As a USU student, he was the student body president. He is currently the Regional President of USU Credit Union. 

IOGP: What prepared you the most from your time in college for your career?
DB: Learning how to work with people and build relationships. Student government really fostered that.

IOGP: What was your most helpful college course?
DB: I couldn’t pick a single course, but I would say courses that made me write. I took a lot of those. Writing has a way of processing and distilling our thinking. Learning to write well is an enormously helpful skill.

IOGP: What extracurricular activities were you involved with as an undergraduate student?
DB: I did a lot with student government—that occupied almost all of my time outside of the classroom.

IOGP: What are a couple of your favorite USU memories?
DB: Me and some friends got a gig driving the cheerleaders to the Big West basketball tournament. Making the trek to the March tournament is a tradition we began in college and I keep to this day with a handful of college friends. Beyond that, just hanging out with friends to laugh, watch SNL, and debate important things like who is the greatest power forward ever.

David and his wife Trisha in front of Old Main

IOGP: Where did you do your internship?
DB: The Utah Legislature.

IOGP: What was your most memorable moment as an intern?
DB: We organized and held a big student rally at the Capitol. It was better attended than we imagined it would be. We got all the major news networks to cover it and I ended up on the front page of the Herald Journal.

IOGP: Why would you recommend doing an internship?
DB: It gives you a unique experience that you cannot get any other way. You’ll learn things you could never learn in a classroom and you’ll develop skills that will translate to real-life, no matter what your professional field.

IOGP: What is your advice to current USU students?
DB: Work hard in the classroom, but most of your education will come outside of the classroom, if you’re doing it right. Get out and get involved; make those lifetime friends and life-changing experiences.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Spring 2016 Internship Q&A Panel

"Is an internship worth my time? Are they paid? Do I have to be a Political Science major? Do I have to hear more about Donald Trump?"

Come get all these questions and more answered at our Spring 2016 Internship Q&A Panel. The event will be on Tuesday, January 26th at 3:30 pm in Library Room 154.

The panelists at this event are:

  - Janet Anderson

Janet is the USU Vice Provost, and a former co-director of the IOGP.

- Ryan Wilcox

Ryan works as a policy advisor in Senator Mike Lee’s office.

- Michael Wheat

Michael is a former government relations intern at VMware in D.C.

If you are considering doing a political internship, this is a great place to start. Our panelists are here to answer your questions about what life is like as an intern in Washington D.C., what your role would be, why it’s beneficial for you and how to get involved.

The deadline for Summer 2016 internship applications is February 1st, and the early deadline for Fall 2016 applications is March 1st!

Pizza will be provided at the event.