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

Applications are due by November 6 by 11:59 p.m.

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Networking Dinners:

Washington (or Arlington, VA), DC - Arielle Distasio ‘2012, Management and Program Analyst / PR and Corporate Communications Graduate Student, Department of Justice / Georgetown University. Other alumni co-hosts may include two recent graduates currently working in Business/Consulting  and an attorney with the Department of Justice. May also include PR/Public Affairs/Marketing if students are interested.

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:

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.

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.

Christian Dreyer, '1994, State Trooper, New Jersey State Police (Lakehurst, NJ). Shadow Description: *U.S. Citizenship Required* New Jersey Task Force One, state's urban search and rescue team. Will show the facility, equipment, vehicles, training facility and what it takes to run such an operation.

Lauren Eby'2006, Vice President, RBC Capital Market (Lancaster, PA). Shadow Description: An opportunity to learn more about public finance. The Lancaster, PA office of RBC Capital Markets specializes in financing capital projects for public schools throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The job shadow experience will allow the student to see firsthand what is done to bring a primary market municipal bond offering to investors and how varying financing models are evaluated.

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.Students will also have an opportunity to ask Special Agents questions about navigating the federal job application process. The day will run from 8am-10pm.

Madeline Shepherd '2009, Federal Policy Senior Associate, Council for a Strong America (Location: Washington, DC). Shadow Description: Madeline works to develop and implement legislative strategies to advance the priorities of five membership groups comprised of "unexpected messengers" advocating for public investments that benefit at-risk children. The Federal Policy Team plays a critical role in this mission by developing and executing all federal legislative strategy, primarily by building and leveraging relationships with Congressional offices and White House staff.  A student shadowing the Federal Policy Team can expect to see how CSA’s lobbyists collaborate and coordinate issue campaigns across teams, including representatives from the membership groups as well as the research, communications, and digital teams. They will also learn some of the ways a nonprofit organization can influence public policy, including through direct lobbying, traditional media, and “grasstops” organizing. The Federal Policy Team operates in a professional and fast-paced, people-driven environment and a student shadowing should be prepared to dress and act accordingly.

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