The Goldfarb Center, in close collaboration with DavisConnects, runs two major programs in Washington, D.C. each Jan Plan: a facilitated internship program and the Mayflower Hill to Capitol Hill (Hill to Hill) policy trek. The two programs overlap as students in the facilitated internship program also take part in the Hill to Hill program.
Launched in 2018, the facilitated internship program provides a group of Colby students with a unique experience in our nation’s capital. Students are placed with top organizations in D.C., including NGOs, public affairs firms, government agencies, political campaigns, media companies, and congressional offices. They also gain valuable career experience by engaging in networking events with fellow students and the strong network of Colby alumni, parents, and friends.
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. As part of the experience, students come together once a week for sessions on a range of policy-related topics hosted by alumni, parents, or friends of Colby. Through these joint sessions, students gain a deeper understanding of the Washington policy process. Additionally, each intern is paired with a young alumni mentor to solicit advice on launching policy careers.
The Hill to Hill program, executed with the help of Colby’s Office of Advancement, takes dozens of students to D.C. for a multi-day policy trek where students meet with experts on public policy issues, explore career opportunities in government and politics, network with alumni, and tour the Capitol. Students meet with staff from congressional offices, NGOs, and public policy institutions to expand their network and their knowledge of public affairs. For the Hill to Hill program, all Colby sophomore, juniors, and seniors are eligible to apply. Expenses, including flights, hotel, metro, meals, and group tours, are covered by Colby.
Unfortunately, the Hill to Hill program is canceled for January 2021 because of the Covid-19 pandemic. A virtual event is planned for spring 2021 to give students an opportunity to engage with policy leaders and alumni to learn more about their careers and the issues they advance. Students can still apply for internship and research grants for Jan Plan; more details on that can be found on our funding page.
For questions, please contact Sherry Berard, Assistant Director, at [email protected].
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