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Informational Meeting About Picker Semester in Washington Program , Tuesday, Oct. 23, 7:30 p.m., Seelye 110


The Department of Government offers a Semester-in-Washington program designed to give students an opportunity to participate in political processes and to study the operation of public institutions. The program, named in honor of Jean Sovatkin Picker 42, runs June-December, and is intended for first-semester juniors and seniors with appropriate backgrounds in social sciences. The program, open to all majors, provides students with the opportunity to study processes by which public policy is made and implemented at various levels of government. Students interested in U.S. foreign policy, international relations, and politics in other countries are encouraged to participate; there are ample internship opportunities with organizations devoted to international politics. Fourteen hours of academic credit are awarded for completion of the program. The program provides summer stipends and assists students in finding housing. The director of the program is Brent Durbin, assistant professor of government. Students interested should submit applications to Lea Ahlen in Wright Hall 226, no later than Friday, November 2. Applications are available in the department office (Wright 226) or on the Department of Government web site. There will be an information meeting to describe and explain the program on Tuesday, October 23, at 7:30 p.m., in Seelye 110. For further information, consult http://www.smith.edu/gov/jeanpicker.html