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A look back at the IOGP's year

2015 - A Look Back • Ranking the 2016 Presidential Logos • Meet Our New D.C. Coordinator • Video: Internships That Shape Futures • Your Contributions At Work
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2015: A Look Back

Highlights include IOGP's largest number of intern applicants

We’re celebrating a momentous year for the Institute of Government and Politics. We brought seven alumni to campus to share their experience in the political arena and organized dozens of seminars, including our second annual Foxley Forum, this year featuring Congressman Rob Bishop (R-UT) and USU alumnus Congressman Mike Simpson (R-ID).

These events drew in hundreds of students in attendance and gave us an opportunity to partner with other campus clubs and organizations. Consequently, our summer 2015 applicant pool is the largest we’ve had since the IOGP was created in 2011, and the high number of applicants keeps increasing the quality of our student interns.

This past year, the IOGP placed student interns with the White House, the Utah Speaker of the House and other legislative leaders, the Library of Congress, both houses of Congress, and with dozens of other organizations. These internships make a huge difference for our Aggies when they graduate and join the workforce.

We hope you share our enthusiasm about engaging students in the political arena. As an alumnus or stakeholder in the IOGP we welcome your feedback and hope you stay connected with us. Please keep the IOGP in mind for future internship opportunities. And please consider “paying it forward” by giving back to support our student interns.

Neil Abercrombie, USU Director of Government Relations

Dr. Damon Cann, IOGP Co-director of Operations

Help An Intern

Meet Nathaniel Johnson, the IOGP's new D.C. Coordinator

USU alum Nathaniel Johnson joined the IOGP team last month as our new D.C. Coordinator. The Coordinator is the IOGP contact when our D.C. interns arrive back east, checks them in and out of the housing, and acts as an emergency contact. He also attends and introduces the speakers at the D.C. Seminar Series, set up to connect USU interns with alumni that work or are based in the District.

Originally from Mona, Utah, Nathaniel graduated in 2014 with a B.A. in P
olitical Science. He was a Combat Medic for the Utah Army National Guard from 2005 - 2013. Nathaniel interned on Congressman Chris Stewart's initial campaign in 2012, and now works in the Congressman's D.C. office as an Executive Assistant.

Check out a full spotlight on Nathaniel and other young Aggies and IOGP interns at the Utah State Young Alumni of Washington, D.C., Facebook page.

Your Contributions At Work

Interning in Washington is a worthwhile yet pricey experience, and your donation dollars go a long way to alleviating the burden for students who accept non-paid internships.

Nick Clason (above, showing off USU's win of the Lt. Governor's Campus Cup in March) is currently interning at The Larrison Group, a fundraising firm in D.C. He credits his opportunity to intern to IOGP donations.

“Interning in DC has given me the opportunity to grow as an individual, learn things outside of the classroom, and get experience in a field I hope to work in the future. Without the generous donors that fund the scholarship assisting me with my living expenses, it simply would not have been feasible for me to come out to D.C. That assistance has made a real impact on my life and my future.”

Nick is a junior majoring in Political Science and served as the 2014-2015 USU CHaSS Senator and held positions on the USU Government Relations Council and Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity.

Read more ways to to donate and help future USU interns or donate today.


#Internlife in Washington, D.C.

Current D.C. summer interns during a monumental week for our nation's highest court. Willem VanZeben (left), intern for Senator Hatch, on the Supreme Court steps during the announcement; Michael White (right), intern for Michael Kennedy at VMware, in front of the White House.

For more summer intern experiences, be sure to follow us on Instagram.

Video: Internships That Shape Futures

Listen to five recent USU grads share how their IOGP internships impacted the rest of their college experience and career prospects.

Visit our YouTube channel for other IOGP videos, including interviews with Congressman Rob Bishop, Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox, and more.

The IOGP's 2014-2015 Year in Review by the Numbers. You can see infographs like this and more year-end recaps in our Annual Report.

IOGP Recommends

Have a favorite 2016 logo--or hate a handful of them? The Washington Examiner has ranked all the released 2016 presidential logos. While we don't endorse some of the language in the article, nor the specific ranking, we have to agree with the author's conclusion: "Bad design is bipartisan."


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