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major Matthew Straite '01, who interned with the National Building
Museum, researched the viability of skyscrapers in the 21st century.
Political science major Kelly Hart '02, who interned in the White
House, Office of the First Lady, analyzed the communications techniques
of first ladies, including Laura Bush's role before and after September
11. "Mrs. Bush said so many times to me that she didn't want
to make speeches," Hart says. "But this really forced
her into the limelight, and she has become what the press has termed
the 'comforter of the nation.' "
Political science student Jennifer Ku '02 was surprised that the
terrorist attacks and subsequent anthrax scare some 60 UC
students working on Capitol Hill were among the hundreds of staffers
tested for exposure, but none were found to be positive affected
her internship as much as they did.
intern with the Congressional Children's Caucus, her research topic
was to be on juvenile-justice issues. "But after the attacks,
nobody wanted to make the first move on doing something that didn't
have to do with September 11," Ku says. She ended up doing
her project on juvenile justice, although her internship focused
more on the topics of bioterrorism and its effect on children, orphans
from September 11 and Afghani children.
so, Ku says she gained a lot from the experience. "I learned
about things I would never have thought to think about," she
not just the students who benefit from the experience, says Joel
D. Aberbach, director of the Center for American Politics and Public
Policy and founder of the Washington program. The students "carry
the imprimatur for the university and are ambassadors for us in