During Jan Plan, a group of Colby students will be immersed in a unique internship program in our nation’s capital. Cosponsored by the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and DavisConnects, the internship places the students with top organizations in D.C., including NGOs, public affairs firms, government agencies, political campaigns, media companies, and Congressional offices. Students will gain valuable career experience and engage in networking opportunities with fellow students and the strong network of Colby alumni, parents, and friends in the capital.

Students may obtain their own related internship or work with the Goldfarb Center and DavisConnects to secure internships in organizations spread throughout the Washington policy community–on the Hill, with interest groups or NGOs, in the executive branch, with lobbyists or the media, etc. As part of the facilitated internship experience, students will come together once or twice per week for sessions on a range of policy-related topics hosted by alumni, parents, or friends of the College. Through these joint sessions, students will gain a deeper understanding of the Washington policy process. Additionally, each intern will be paired with a young alumni mentor during their stay in D.C. to solicit advice on launching policy careers.

The facilitated internship experience includes required participation in a capstone program. The program will include a series of site visits, policy talks, networking receptions, speed mock interviews, and more. These sessions provide students with an opportunity to engage with experts on public policy issues, explore career opportunities in government and politics, network with alumni, and tour the capital. Details on the components to this capstone programming are currently being finalized; please visit the trip website here to learn more. You will be joined by up to 15 additional students only participating in the capstone.

Goldfarb Center funding will be available for up to five D.C.-based facilitated internships and capstone networking experiences. All students, including those not seeking financial assistance, must apply for the facilitated internship program (as well as the networking segment) by our grant deadline of October 9, 2019. (Deadline to apply to participate in the capstone only will be posted shortly.)

Funding Guidelines

Students should apply for the facilitated internship program through the Application Portal here: https://colby.academicworks.com/users/sign_in

More information on application components is available on the DavisConnects website. For any fields on the application where the question does not apply because you are applying for this particular program and may not have an internship confirmed, please put N/A or answer based on the type of internship you hope to complete. For specific questions about the application, please contact Sarah Whitfield at DavisConnects at smwhitfi@colby.edu

Other Details

Please ensure that all materials have been completed before the deadline. No deadline extensions will be granted. Applications will be evaluated by a joint DavisConnects/Goldfarb Center committee. Note: Recipients are required to submit to the Goldfarb Center Assistant Director Sherry Berard (saberard@colby.edu), a brief report following completion of the internship summarizing the experience. A detailed report of all expenses paid for by the grant money (including copies of receipts organized by date) must be submitted. Failure to do so will preclude future grants from the Center.