SEPT 16 Information Session: 2014 Archer Graduate Program

August 27, 2013 – 9:28 pm

Summer 2014 Archer Graduate Program in Washington, DC for UT Arlington students interested in public policy.

The Archer Center in Washington, named for retired Congressman and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Bill Archer of Texas, has for more than ten years sponsored a Washington semester program for undergraduates which combines three UT System courses with an internship. Recently a parallel program was instituted exclusively for graduate students; in summer 2013, three UT Arlington students (from SUPA and Social Work) participated for the first time.

Applications for the summer 2014 program will be accepted this semester for a limited number of positions. The 9-credit program consists of two dedicated Archer courses: POLS 5392: Federal Policymaking; and POLS 5692: Archer Internship, at a venue of the student’s choice (typically on Capitol Hill, in an Executive Branch agency, or other Washington governmental or non-governmental organizations). Credits may be applied to degree plans in participants’ home departments and programs in consultation with each student’s chair and faculty supervisor.

This is an intensive 12-week program. Tentative dates for the 2014 session are May 27-August 15. The cost is $3,900 in lieu of nine UT Arlington graduate hours of tuition and all fees. Housing in comfortable townhomes on Capitol Hill is available (the fee in summer 2013 was $3,028; the fee for summer 2014 has not yet been set). The administration anticipates being able to provide a subvention to assist UT Arlington students in defraying the cost of the program.

All students at the master’s or doctoral level who have an interest in public policy, irrespective of their academic discipline, are encouraged to consider participating in this program. Students in Political Science and in the School of Urban and Public Affairs will find this a splendid opportunity to learn firsthand about the workings of the federal government; those in Education, Nursing, the sciences, Social Work, and Healthcare Administration will find it especially relevant to their understanding of the implications of federal policy for their respective fields. Faculty are asked to bring the program to the attention of students who will find it especially relevant to their professional goals.

Ms. Sally Lawrence, Associate Director of the Archer Center in Washington, will present an information session for UT Arlington graduate students on Monday, September 16 at 6:00 pm in College Hall 100. She will describe the academic program, living arrangements, and internship possibilities for summer 2014, and will answer questions. Archer graduate participants from summer 2013 have been invited to the session in order to share their experience living, studying and working in Washington.

The application deadline is January 24, 2014. Interviews of finalists will be held on campus in late January and early February 2014, and selectees will be notified soon thereafter.

Further information on the program (including application materials) can be found at http://archercenter.org/graduate/index.html

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