Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Hartwig Memorial Internship Award 3/26

Frederick Hartwig Memorial Internship Award

 Washington, DC  

“The combination of experiential knowledge and classroom knowledge gave me a more complete picture and deeper connection to American politics. It inspired my political curiosity and certainly made me a better student and more thoughtful citizen.”  – Leslie, Vassar College — 2008 Hartwig Award winner

“Thank you so much for recognizing the value of this internship and helping make it financially feasible.  [It] helped me complete the best internship I’ve had so far in terms of educational value, career and academic studies relevance, and overall substantive, interesting work.” – Leah, Middlebury College — 2012 Hartwig Award winner

“I have had an incredible summer exploring D.C., studying foreign policy in the place where it is made, and working with amazing students passionate about politics and global issues.” – Alexandra, Davidson College — 2016 Hartwig Award winner

This special internship award was established to honor the memory of Paul Frederick Hartwig, Ph.D. (1941-1997), former Union College professor of political science and public opinion analyst at Hart Research.  Fred Hartwig believed that it was very important for young Americans to be introduced to the nation's capital, the seat of the federal government and democracy.  He believed that seeing and being a part of what goes on in Washington would enhance young people's appreciation for government, engage them in America's ongoing public conversations and debates, and result in their becoming more informed and involved citizens and leaders.

The Internship Award will be based on entries in an essay contest open to any full-time undergraduate student, regardless of academic major, attending a selected liberal arts college or university in the United States. 

The Hartwig Intern will receive a cash prize of $1,500.  The award will be given irrespective of whether the internship is a paid or unpaid position.

The winner is responsible for finding and securing his or her own internship for the summer of 2018 at an institution in the greater Washington, DC, metropolitan area.  Although the internship may be undertaken in any of a number fields of endeavor, it must be of an appropriately serious nature to provide the kind of experience that students would be unlikely to find outside of the Washington area.

Students are strongly encouraged to seek guidance on their internship search from a professor or career services faculty member at their school.  Examples of possible placements include working in the office of a member of Congress; doing research or other work for a public policy institute; assisting the efforts of a nonprofit public interest group; or working for a political or public relations consulting group.  The duration of the internship and the specific assignments it comprises will be determined by the individual and the organization for which he or she will work.  On completion of the internship, the student will be expected to prepare a brief written report for the internship award selection committee about what he or she learned from the experience.

Competition Rules

To enter, students should write an essay of 500 to 1,000 words (maximum) describing why an internship in Washington, DC, would contribute to their academic development and how it will have an impact on them personally or with regard to the careers they are considering.

Essays must be typewritten and the applicant’s full name, college, and academic major should appear at the top of each page.  The essay must be accompanied by a completed application form (see next page).  Application packages must be postmarked or emailed (as a Microsoft Word attachment) on or before March 26, 2018, and should be sent to:

David Drembus
Hart Research Associates
1724 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC  20009
Attn: Hartwig Award

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One winner and two runners up will be selected by the internship committee.  In the event that the winner is unable to undertake his or her internship, the first or second runner up will be eligible to receive the award (provided that he or she has secured an internship).  The winning applicant and the runners up will be notified on or before April 20, 2018.

Questions regarding the essay competition may be directed to David Drembus (  Please note that we do not provide assistance in the search for an internship position.

Best of luck!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Upcoming Lecture by Yasser Elsheshtawy, Thursday 3/1

Thanks to a series of coincidences, I’m happy to announce that I’ve been able to arrange for Dr. Yasser Elsheshtawy to visit the University of Puget Sound and deliver a lecture. Yasser is one of the leading scholars concerned with urbanism, migration, and public space in the astonishingly diverse cities of the Arabian Peninsula. You can get a bit more information about Yasser’s work here  I hope that you’ll be able to attend his lecture (details below) on Thursday, March 1. Many of our students will be equally interested, and I urge you to figure out ways to encourage them to attend. In my experience, his lectures are aesthetically gorgeous, thematically impressive, and methodologically innovative. 

Transient Spaces: Home and Belonging in Dubai
Dr. Yasser Elsheshtawy
Thursday, March 1
Rasmussen Rotunda, Wheelock Center
4:30 - 6:00 PM

Some areas of his expertise that might be of interest:

Migrants and Migration: as you likely know, the Arab Gulf States host an unprecedented demographic concoction of citizens and migrants. His work deeply engages these communities in Dubai and other cities of the Arabian littoral, and is particularly attentive to these communities’ struggles to establish diasporic spaces in the built environment of the modern Gulf cities.

Urbanism, Architecture, and Urban Space: Gulf cities are truly at the frontiers of global modernity and architectural superlativeness. Yasser is the preeminent scholar in this realm. His grasp of these cities and their diverse inhabitants is pace-setting for the cosmopolitan cadre of scholars preoccupied with urbanism in Arabia. 

Art and Aesthetics — Yasser’s work is oftentimes visually stunning, and there’s an artistic thread in much of what he does. Moreover, he recently curated the Venice Biennale exhibit for the Emirates, and I can envision some campus interest in this aspect of his work. 

Methods — while Puget Sound doesn’t have a node of faculty devoted to urban studies, I think others on campus from a variety of different disciplines will be interested in some of the visual and spatial methods he oftentimes employs. His use of GIS, as well as some time-lapse studies of urban space, are impressive in my estimation, and I’m eager for some of my students to see this methodological creativity.

Arabia, the Middle East, and Asian Studies — we also have a paucity of colleagues and scholars intently focused on the Middle East on this campus. In that sense, Yasser’s lecture will help buoy students’ and colleagues’ interest and awareness of contemporary issues the region. I would also add that Arabia, via its longstanding role in the greater Indian Ocean World, really speaks to the western portion of the geography of Asian Studies. 

T 253.879.3490  |  F 253.879.3556 

Semester in Development - Opportunity for Puget Sound Students

Deadline to Apply: March 15, 2018

Monday, February 19, 2018

Tuesday 2/20 presentation by Cuban Independent Journalist

Students are also welcome to attend Professor Alisa Kessel's PG 346 class in Wyatt 313 from 11-12:20 on Tuesday, 2/20 for a more informal discussion with Dimas--probably around his experience with race and class in Cuba.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Opportunity to Travel Abroad

Dear P&G student,

The Department of Politics and Government is pleased to be able to offer one student each year the opportunity to travel abroad via the Pohlad Award, endowed by P&G alum Chris Pohlad (’07).  Rising juniors and seniors are particularly encouraged to apply.

March 15, 2018: Application Due. Submit one copy of the complete application via the following form.
April 1, 2018: Awards announced via letters sent via email.
October 1, 2018: Final materials due to the faculty supervisor of the Pohlad Award.

For more information and to apply, please visit this link.

If you have questions, you can direct them to Professor Kendall, Professor O'Neil, or me.

Kind regards,


Alisa Kessel, PhD
Professor and Chair
Department of Politics & Government