At the Center of It All

GWSB Undergraduate News

July 20, 2011

Student Experiences: Zixiang (Max) Chen

This summer, I am working on campus. Every morning, I wake up and start my first internship in the School of Media and Public Affairs building across from the Marvin Center, at Planet Forward. Planet Forward is an online public forum where people from across the globe can discuss topics involving energy solutions and the environment. Over the duration of the morning, I read the latest sustainability news articles and then curate them with Planet Forward’s audience through social media. In addition, I also put together the weekly newsletter and write blog posts. I would be reading these articles anyway, except now with my internship, I get to share my passion for sustainability with almost 10,000 other people every morning. So far, I have learned how to how to engage members and promote the site’s content. In addition, a video project for Planet Forward that I created over my Alternative Spring Break trip to Greensburg, Kansas, was recently featured on PBS Nightly Business Report. Pretty cool, right?

After lunch (at the amazing Devon & Blakely that just opened next to the Foggy Bottom metro), I walk two blocks to go to my other internship at the GW Office of Sustainability. For the Office of Sustainability, I am conducting a market analysis of how water is consumed on our campus. I meet with administrators, students, faculty, and staff to assess how our university can encourage people to use more tap water and less bottled water, while being more efficient in our water consumption as a whole. As a part of my project, I am filming a video advocating for these changes so stay tuned to see it when it comes out!

So, as you probably have guessed by now, I am here and will be here, in Washington DC, all summer... but I can hardly complain! The District is always teeming with wonderful, exciting things, and now I have more time to enjoy many of them. From discovering Kramerbooks to midnight monument runs to befriending the interns on campus, the number of opportunities is endless! Nevertheless, I anxiously await for the next school year to start as I know that it will be a great adventure.


Upward Bound Students Gaining Experience in GWSB Undergraduate Programs

Ranika Howard and Tyla Barksdale, Upward Bound students interning in GWSB Undergraduate Programs

Hello, our names are Ranika Howard and Tyla Barksdale. We are two students of the Upward Bound Program at The George Washington University. Upward Bound is a free program that prepares high school students for college. Through Upward Bound, we participate in college tours in and outside of the metropolitan area, as well as get the opportunity to work in an office setting. We have made a commitment to the Upward Bound program here at GWU since the ninth grade. Now, Tyla is going into her junior year in high school, while Ranika is going into her senior year. We both attend school in Washington, DC. Upward Bound has been very beneficial to us, and has made us into stronger people.

Upward Bound has given us a chance to see how it feels to work in a professional environment. The program has given us a chance to work with the staff in the School of Business on an internship basis. We have been here for two and a half weeks so far, and we really like it here. We have learned a lot of new things, and we plan on learning much more in our 5 week term. It is great that teenagers in the United States get the opportunity to gain experience and hold responsibilities in a work setting while still in high school. Although this experience is not related to our current career goals, we still appreciate having this opportunity.

Save the Date: Fall Co-Curricular Programs

We're excited to have you back in the Fall and have many fun programs planned. Mark your calendars now and look out for more information in future issues of the GWSB Undergraduate News.

GWSB Welcome Week
September 2-9, 2011

Mintz Sophomore Getaway
October 21-22, 2011

Battle of the Beltway GW Preliminary Round
October 28, 2011

New York Career Trek
November 2-4, 2011

Battle of the Beltway Final Round
November 14-15, 2011

Anne Wexler Scholarship Program in Public Policy

Two Anne Wexler Scholarships will be awarded annually. One for an Australian citizen to complete a U.S. Master’s degree program in Public Policy, and one for a U.S. citizen to complete an Australian Master’s program in Public Policy areas.

Areas of study may include health, sustainability, energy, climate change, regional security, political science, history, or government relations, amongst others.

The scholarships will be awarded for a maximum of two years, depending on Master’s program, benefits include:

AUD$30,000- Annual stipend for up to two years
AUD$25,000 - Annual tuition for up to two years
AUD$5,000 - Return travel allowance
AUD$6,000 - Establishment allowance
AUD$4,000 - Insurance allowance

The scholarships are administered by the Australian-American Fulbright Commission in Canberra, and funded by the Australian Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations. The Anne Wexler Scholarships are part of the Australian Government’s Australia Awards Program.

Applications for 2012 scholarships open July 1, 2011 and close September 30, 2011.

For more information, visit

USA TODAY Collegiate Correspondent Program

We are starting a Collegiate Correspondent program in which students will have the opportunity to be write and report weekly for USA TODAY College, be mentored by USA TODAY editorial staff and learn other pertinent skills. Below is some more information on the program.

USA TODAY Collegiate Correspondent Program

As a collegiate correspondent, you will be an integral part of USA TODAY College, providing a unique angle on current news events. At the same time, you will hone your skills, write for a large audience, gain experience working on deadline and keeping content relevant.

If you are selected as a USA TODAY Collegiate Correspondent you will be expected to:

- Write one news story a week under a tight deadline for one semester. The semester will begin on August 21, 2011 and end on December 10, 2011
- Respond quickly to communications from USA TODAY College staff
- Stay up to date with current events

In return, USA TODAY College will:

- Provide mentoring by USA TODAY Editorial staff
- Publish your work on for a wide audience
- Pay $350 compensation upon successful completion of the program.
- Ensure your work is considered for publication in USA TODAY and USA

We're looking for motivated undergraduate reporters (all majors welcome to apply) who will be passionate about bringing smart, engaging stories to our readers. Final selection of correspondents will be made by the USA TODAY Editorial department.

For more information please visit our website.

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NEW! Student Experiences: Zixiang (Max) Chen

NEW! Upward Bound Students Gaining Experience in GWSB Undergraduate Programs

NEW! Save the Date: Fall Co-Curricular Programs

NEW! Anne Wexler Scholarship Program in Public Policy

NEW! USA TODAY Collegiate Correspondent Program

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