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This summer 426 students spent eight weeks living, learning and interning in Washington, D.C. through TFAS. The group of ambitious students included 43 first-and second-year law students and 383 undergraduate students from the United States and abroad.

“Something extremely special about TFAS is its ability to seamlessly mold a high-energy professional experience with personal growth and development,” said Evan Arkin (E 10).

In addition to taking classes for Georgetown University credit, attending site briefings and interning for 30 hours a week, the students took part in leadership and career building activities and attended numerous lectures with Washington insiders.

The summer closed with commencement exercises on July 29. Lewis Lehrman, economist, historian and senior partner of the investment firm L. E. Lehrman & Co., delivered the annual David R. Jones Lecture on Freedom’s First Principles during the ceremony.

Graduation Slideshow – watch a video highlighting the 2011 U.S. Programs.
TFAS Photo Gallery – view TFAS photo galleries documenting the summer.
TFAS Video Gallery – explore the TFAS video gallery, featuring select speakers from the summer.
U.S. PROGRAMS SUMMER SNAPSHOT

ICPES student Housseine M. Heimid (r.) meets former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld during the annual TFAS Judd Award luncheon.
ICPES student Housseine M. Heimid (r.) meets former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld during the annual TFAS Judd Award luncheon.

IPCES 2011  • 141 Participants
Read Graduation Remarks by Kelsey Guyette (E 11)

  • The 2011 Walter Judd Freedom Award was presented to former U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. CLICK HERE to watch a video of the award ceremony.
  • Four students were offered fulltime employment from their TFAS internships.
  • Students attended briefings at the International Monetary Fund, USAID, CIA, U.S. Department of State, World Bank and U.S. Capitol.
  • Aldona Wos, former U.S. ambassador to Estonia, was one of many speakers headlining the Judd Lecture Series. CLICK HERE to watch a video of this lecture.
  • This year’s professors were Gary Armstrong (E 84) (U.S. foreign policy), Benjamin Powell(comparative economic systems), Patrick Roberts (J 5) (transformation of American politics) and Karen Czarnecki (E 88)(internship seminar).
  • Cameron Peltz (E 11) of Saint John’s College won the Dr. George Viksnins Economics Award; Lewis Okun (E 11) of the University of Delaware received the award for Academic Excellence in Public Policy; Cameron Combs (E 11) of Carleton College was recognized for Academic Excellence in Foreign Policy; and Mindy Nguyen (E 11) of University of Southern California was named ICPES Outstanding Participant.

 

IPJ 2011 • 79 Participants
Read Graduation Remarks by Lolla Mohammed Nur (J 11)

  • IPJ students attended lectures with Pulitzer Prize winning journalists from the Philadelphia Daily News; Fred Barnes of The Weekly Standard; Jon Decker, White House correspondent for Reuters Television; and Mark Schoeff Jr. (J 89), a reporter for InvestmentNews.
  • Two students covered events at the White House
  • Three students were offered fulltime employment
  • Ninety-nine percent of IPJ students said they would recommend the program to their peers.
  • Forty TFAS alumni served as IPJ internship supervisors, mentors, speakers or small group hosts.
  • This year’s professors were  Donald Boudreaux (economics in public policy), Terrence Reynolds (ethical perspectives on the media), Richard Benedetto (journalism internship seminar) and Mary Lynn Jones(journalism internship seminar).
  • Katerina Mestanova (J 11) of Charles University won the Frank Shakespeare Award for Broadcasting; Madison Gilmore (J 11) of the University of Vermont was awarded the John Chamberlin Award for Print Reporting; Autumn Roth (J 11) of Flagler College received the Public Relations Award; and Evan Taylor (J 11) of Southern University and A&M College was named IPJ Outstanding Student.

 

IBGA 2011 • 78 Participants

(l.-r.) IBGA student Lane Thaut meets Sen. Mark Pryor (Ark.) at the annual TFAS Congressional Scholarship Award Dinner.
(l.-r.) IBGA student Lane Thaut meets Sen. Mark Pryor (Ark.) at the annual TFAS Congressional Scholarship Award Dinner.


Read Graduation Remarks by Lauren Zdanowitz (B 11)

  • Robert Nichols, president and CEO of Financial Services Forum, delivered a lecture to students concurrent with federal budget negotiations. Roberts offered valuable insight into government restrictions on business and the implications of Standard & Poor’s downgrade.
  • Students learned about the relationship of the United States and the World Trade Organization during a new site briefing at the Office of the United States Trade Representative.
  • Sen. Mark Pryor (Ark.) was the guest of honor at the Congressional Scholarship Award Dinner. Also in attendance were Sen. Daniel Inouye (Hawaii), former Sen. Blanche Lincoln (Ark.), and the many corporate supporters of the IBGA program.
  • This year’s professors were Michael Collins (power and values in organizations)Eric Daniels (business, government and public policy) William Doherty (power and values in organizations) David Hoppe (lobbying internship seminar)  and John Kelliher (lobbying internship seminar).
  • Sarah Garay (B 11) of Washington University in St. Louis was awarded the George Peabody Award.

 

IPVS 2011 • 85 Participants

(l.-r.) Rev. Donald Robinson (far l.), founder of the Beacon House, and Beacon House deputy director Gerry Stevens-Kittner (second from r.) accept a $4,325 grant presented by (l.-r.) IPVS students Yessenia Chimelis and Patrick Oathout  and IPVS coordinator Kristen Wright.
(l.-r.) Rev. Donald Robinson (far l.), founder of the Beacon House, and Beacon House deputy director Gerry Stevens-Kittner (second from r.) accept a $4,325 grant presented by (l.-r.) IPVS students Yessenia Chimelis and Patrick Oathout and IPVS coordinator Kristen Wright.


Read Graduation Remarks by Katie Gordon (P 11)

  • Students raised $4,325 through the IPVS class project. The money was donated as a grant to the educational nonprofit Beacon House.
  • The class completed seven service projects and participated in site visits at Bread for the City and the Foundation Center.
  • Leslie Lenkowsky of Indiana University as well as the CEO of United Way of the National Capital Area, Little Lights Urban Ministries and Horton’s Kids spoke during the IPVS Guest Lecture Series.
  • Three students were offered fulltime employment at their internship sites, and an additional student was offered fulltime employment at an internship site other than her own.
  • This year’s professors were Richard Boyd (voluntary associations and democracy), Nicholas Capaldi (ethics and values of philanthropy), James R. Otteson (ethics and values of philanthropy) and Kimberly Mullins (nonprofit internship seminar).
  • Katie Gordon (P 11) of Alma College and Jonathan Rummel (P 11) of University of Arizona received awards for Academic Excellence; and Ashley Teague (P 11)of the University of the Ozarks was named IPVS Outstanding Participant.

 

LSI 2011 • 43 Participants

(l.-r.)  Ohio Supreme Court Justice Robert Cupp (E 71) talks with LSI student Lierin Rossman after delivering a lecture at TFAS Headquarters.
(l.-r.) Ohio Supreme Court Justice Robert Cupp (E 71) talks with LSI student Lierin Rossman after delivering a lecture at TFAS Headquarters.


Read Graduation Remarks by Sean O’Neill (LSI 11)

  • Judge Douglas Ginsburg of the Federal Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit and Judge Bob Cupp (E 71) of the Ohio Supreme Court served as guest lecturers.
  • Three LSI students were offered future legal internships.
  • Ninety-five percent of LSI students would recommend the program to other law students.
  • This year’s professor were John Baker, Jr. (constitutional law) and Roger Pilon(constitutional law).
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