Government - Winter Break Opportunity List

You can apply for opportunities through the Student Center, under the Center for Career Development, Winter Break Opportunities.

Applications are due by November 1 by 11:59 p.m.

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See what students have to say about their experience. Students Comments on the value of Job Shadowing and Career Networking Dinners.  Want to learn more about Career Networking Dinners?  See our blog post "Demystifying Career Networking Dinners"


Networking Dinners:

Washington (or Arlington, VA), DC - Arielle Distasio ‘2012, Management & Program Analyst, Department of Justice / PR & Corporate Communications, Georgetown University;  Tyler Yingling '07, Assistant Counsel, Governor of New Jersey; TENTATIVE: Bob Sinton '85, Chief, Counterintelligence Law Unit, Office of the General Counsel, Department of Justice

Arlington, VA - Brent LaRosa '2000, Foreign Service Officer, U.S. Department of State; Kathryn Porch '2002, Foreign Service Officer, U.S. Department of State

Washington, DC - Madeline Shepherd ‘2009, Federal Policy Senior Associate, Council for a Strong America

Job Shadowing:

Jennifer Burnszynski ‘1196, Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary for Human Services Policy, US Department of Health and Human Service (Location: Washington, DC)  Shadow Description: *U.S. CITIZENSHIP REQUIRED* For a student interested in public service, this is an opportunity to learn about US social policy, public sector executive management, and how research and policy analysis interact with federal policy and practice. The Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation advises the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services on policy development in health, disability, human services, data, and science; and provides advice and analysis on economic policy. You will be shadowing the Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary for Human Services Policy, whose office advises on research-based policy solutions to improve the wellbeing of America’s most vulnerable.

Michael Ben'Ary ‘1998, Deputy Chief of Staff, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) (Location: Alexandria, VA)  Shadow Description:  *U.S. CITIZENSHIP REQUIRED* The mission of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is to enforce the controlled substances laws and regulations of the United States and bring to the criminal and civil justice system those organizations and principal members of organizations, involved in the growing, manufacture, or distribution of controlled substances appearing in or destined for illicit traffic in the United States. A student will be able to observe and interact with headquarters personnel handling a variety of areas of responsibility, from operations to legislative affairs. A student may, depending on scheduling, be able to observe administrative proceedings dealing with DEA registrants. Mr. Ben'Ary formerly worked for The United States Attorney's Office.

Melissa Bova ‘2007, Director of Government Affairs, Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association (Location: Harrisburg, PA)  Shadow Description: Our association represents 2,700 restaurant and hotels in the state of Pennsylvania. Shadowing will consist of learning all of the facets and workings of a non-profit organization--membership, education, event planning and government affairs. The primary focus will be on government affairs which will consist of meetings with state legislators and their staff about the legislative priorities of our association. In addition, the day-to-day operations of government affairs in the state association--legislative tracking, working with national affiliates, fundraising for political advocacy, etc.

Pat Bryan ‘1977, P‘2015, Senate Legal Counsel, U.S. Senate; Kelly McGrath ’2015, Staff Assistant for the Committee on Financial Services, U.S. House of Representatives   (Location: Washington, DC)  Shadow Description: The office appears in court on behalf of, and provides advice to, Senators, staff, Committees, and Senate officers on a wide variety of issues ranging from constitutional issues (recess appointments, executive privilege, etc.) to constituent and administrative matters. The shadowing day experience will greatly depend on what is happening at that time. If the Senate is in session there may be an opportunity to watch the floor, or to sit in on a Committee hearing. At present we do not have any court hearings scheduled during that time. It may also be possible to sit in on meetings on issues on which the office is providing advice that may or may not be interesting; of course, attendance will depend on the willingness of our clients to allow a student to sit in.

Phil Calbos P’2019, Principal Assistant Deputy Administrator Defense Programs, U.S. Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration (Location: Washington, DC) Shadow Description: *U.S. CITIZENSHIP REQUIRED* No two days are alike.  My objective would be to find a date where the student can get a broad overview of what we do here.  That means a lot of discussions that range from detailed program meetings to more general policy discussions.  The meeting participants might be just DoE/NNSA folks, or it could be briefings to Congressional staff or others in the Executive branch.

Nick Corcoran P‘2018, U.S. Government Bond Trader, BWT Professional Trading (Location: Belle Mead, NJ)  Shadow Description: Students will get the opportunity to watch a Bond Trader in action. They will see what makes Bond Prices move and what affects the yields on various US Bonds. They will see Bond trading strategies like relative value trades, yield curve trades and long/short strategies. Although it will be impossible to grasp trading in a few hour sitting, students can get an idea of what it is like to be a trader, weather bonds or stocks or commodities. **This will be a casual atmosphere since I work from home. It could be a very busy day or it could be a very quiet day with little going on. No 2 days are alike in trading.

Dr. Christine Densmore ‘1986, Veterinary Medical Officer, U.S. Geological Survey - Leestown Science Center (Location: Kearneysville, WV)  Shadow Description: I am a veterinarian working in the field of aquatic animal disease research with the federal government. I work side by side with scientists with backgrounds in microbiology, molecular biology, and fisheries biology to investigate diseases and research other health related problems that affect wild animals in aquatic environments. Our team could show you the type of work we do on a daily basis and discuss some of our research projects and how they relate to our mission of protecting our Nation's natural resources. This laboratory is located in the Eastern panhandle of West Virginia near Shepherdstown, WV. We are slightly under a 1.5 hour drive from Gettysburg College.

Jason Dury ‘1987, Managing Director, Prevail Services Group, LLC (Location: , DC)  Shadow Description: *U.S. CITIZENSHIP REQUIRED* I am a multi-industry consultant. My clients and contacts represent the following sectors: Defense Industry, Pharmaceutical, Healthcare, Higher Education, Information Technology, Insurance, and Risk Management. My specific areas of focus include Insider Threats, and Global Security (physical security, intelligence analysis, country and political risk, travel safety, executive protection support, and threat & vulnerability assessments). If I don't have appointments lined up with clients that focus on any of those topics during the shadow dates, I will do my best to set up briefings or discussions for the participants.

Nicole Grear ‘2008, Manager, Policy and Research, Energy Association of PA (Location: Harrisburg, PA)  Shadow Description: With roots dating back to 1908, the Energy Association of Pennsylvania is well-established as the voice of Pennsylvania’s electric and natural gas utilities in Harrisburg. The Association is an advocate for its members on policy issues before the General Assembly, the Public Utility Commission, and various other state governmental agencies. EAP staff regularly participates in industry and government forums, testifies before key legislative committees, and coordinates industry-wide positions in complex regulatory proceedings. The Association is often sought out by the media for credible information and perspectives on current industry issues. In addition to its advocacy role, EAP helps its members better serve their customers by acting as a clearinghouse for information on best practices within the industries. The Association also serves an educational function by sponsoring conferences on electric and natural gas operational and consumer service issues that are attended by employees of member companies, out-of-state utilities, and government agencies. Shadowing me would help any PoliSci major unsure about a future INSIDE government or hesitant about law school become aware of positions like mine that work alongside government at the national and state level. The student would learn about in-depth policy research, the regulatory process, coalition building, and member services.

Timothy Quinn P‘2019, Chief Information Officer, U.S. Geological Survey (Location: Reston, VA)  Shadow Description: Depending upon the interest of the student we could provide a variety of opportunities that occur at the USGS national headquarters. These include: Information Technology, Data Science and Modeling, Water Science, Chemistry, Geo Science, Hazards (volcano and earthquake) Science and Monitoring, Ecosystems Management, and Office of Communications.

Kim Russell P‘2019, Vice President, Contract Administration, Valkyrie Enterprises, LLC (Location: Virginia Beach, VA)  Shadow Description: *U.S. CITIZENSHIP REQUIRED* I manage contracts for a small, veteran owned government contractor. Valkyrie provides engineering and technical services to the Navy. I am responsible for proposal pricing, negotiating terms and conditions, reviewing revenue, and some financial reporting. Accounts Receivable reports to me. My job is a cross between law and accounting. I'm not a lawyer and I'm not an accountant, but I work with both.

Brendan Shelley ‘2005, Special Agent, ICE - Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Department of Homeland Security - Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Location: Fairfax, VA)  Shadow Description: *U.S. CITIZENSHIP REQUIRED* ICE is a federal law enforcement agency within the Department of Homeland Security that is responsible for enforcing laws governing border control, customs, trade and immigration. HSI is a division within ICE that serves as the primary investigative entity for ICE and DHS. HSI Special Agents have broad legal authority to investigate over 400 federal laws involving transnational criminal activity to include international terrorism, money laundering, commercial fraud, cyber crime, human rights violations, human smuggling and trafficking, narcotics smuggling, immigration document and benefit fraud and transnational criminal street gangs, weapons smuggling and international art and antiquity theft. The Shadow Day experience will give students the opportunity to learn about ICE's unique role in protecting U.S. national security and public safety. Students will gain insight into the types of cases Special Agents investigate, the investigative process, law enforcement practices and the broader Homeland Security / criminal justice systems.

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