Quiana McKenzie is currently the Finance Director for Citizens for Lisa Madigan. She most recently served as the Director of Field and Operations during the Attorney General's 2014 re-election campaign. Quiana has been active in politics in Illinois, Virginia and Iowa, volunteering for Democratic political campaigns on every level. In 2012, she was elected as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention from the State of Iowa. She was a 2014 Illinois Women's Institute for Leadership (IWIL) delegate and a 2014 New Leaders Council Fellow.
Government, Politics, and Public Policy
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- American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research - The nonpartisan, nonprofit institution is dedicated to strengthening free enterprise and conducts research on issues of government, politics, economics, and social welfare.
- Brookings Institution - The nonprofit public policy organization is consistently ranked as the most influential think tank in the U.S.
- Carnegie Endowment for International Peace - The nonprofit organization is dedicated to advancing cooperation between nations and promoting active international engagement by the United States.
- Cato Institute - The think tank conducts independent, nonpartisan research on a wide range of policy issues ranging from Energy and Environment to Political Philosophy to Trade and Immigration.
- Center for American Progress - The think tank focuses on public policy issues such as energy, national security, economic growth and opportunity, immigration, education, and health care.
- Center for Strategic and International Studies - A public policy research institution dedicated to analysis and policy impact in government, international institutions, the private sector, and civil society.
- Council on Foreign Relations - The nonprofit nonpartisan think tank specializes in U.S. foreign policy.
- Heritage Foundation - The think tank does research on a variety of issues - domestic & economic, foreign & defense, and legal & judicial.
- National Institute for Research Advancement World Directory Think Tanks (NWDTT) - provides details of the organizational structures of approximately 500 institutions in 100 countries and the research activities in which they engage
- Peterson Institute for International Economics - The nonprofit, nonpartisan research institution is dedicated to the study of international economic policy.
- RAND Corporation - The global organization focuses on a wide range of issues including health, education, national security, international affairs, law and business, and the environment.
- Foreign Affairs Information Technology Fellowship with The Washington Center - Current application is for Class of 2020; US citizenship required; includes tuition support and summer 2019 and 2020 internships.
Resources for jobs on the Hill
- Opportunities in Public Affairs - Opportunities in Public Affairs is the #1 source of Capitol Hill Jobs, Legislative jobs, and Public Affairs and PR jobs in the Washington, DC area and nationwide.
- Politico - Politico is a great resource for political news and other articles.
- The Balance - This is a great resource for political news and how to articles.
- theHill - The Hill offers the latest news and job opportunities for people interested in policy or a political career.
- The Senate Employment Bulletin - The Senate Employment Bulletin is published as a service to Senate offices choosing to advertise staff vacancies.
Federal Internship Programs
- American Advantage Capital Scholars Program - Offers paid internships to black and minority students (or graduates) in all fields within top-level federal departments and agencies in Washington, D.C.
- Central Intelligence Agency Internship Program - This is designed to give promising undergraduate students, the opportunity to gain practical work experience that complements their academic studies.
- Congressional Research Service - Internships, fellowships and other work experience opportunities with the federal government.
- IntelligenceCareers.gov - New website for candidates interested in internships and full-time jobs in the intelligence community (Defense Intelligence Agency, National Security Agency, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Office of the Director of National Intelligence). Site hosts Job Exploration Tool in addition to postings. Security clearances can take up to 12 months - apply in the spring (2018) for the summer after next (2019). Juniors can apply for full-time positions starting after graduation.
- NASA Contracting Intern Program - The NASA Headquarters Office of Procurement administers the NASA Contracting Intern Program (NCIP) targeted towards recent college graduates in business-related fields.
- New York State Assembly Internship Program - The Assembly Internship Program gives qualified students the chance to work in the New York State Assembly.
- The Smithsonian Associates (TSA) Internships - Interns are offered unique opportunities to learn about all aspects of educational programming for both adults and children.
- U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Summer Honors College Program - Students have the opportunity to work for ten weeks during the summer at the Commission's Washington, DC headquarters or in one of its 11 regional and district offices nationwide.
- U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Intern Program - This program is designed to help recruit and attract exceptional individuals to a broad spectrum of occupations within HUD.
- White House Internship Program - Interns learn how the Federal government functions and how they can become a part of it.
- Mock Convention - The Washington and Lee University Mock Convention is a quadrennial tradition in which student delegates attempt to predict the presidential nominee of the political party currently out of the White House.
- Political Review - The Washington & Lee Political Review is a student-administered, student-centered academic journal with a clear emphasis on political science and political theory. The Review showcases exceptional undergraduate scholarship, and serves as an ambassador to the academic community at large.
- Washington Term - The Washington Term Program has been in existence for three decades. It was established by Bill Connelly, John K. Boardman Professor of Politics, and has provided more than 400 Washington and Lee students with a memorable living and learning experience in Washington, D.C. since 1987. Students have used the six-week spring term course to launch careers in every branch of government.
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