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Issue Spotlight: Southwestern Pennsylvania Infrastructure Primer - Fall 2014 Update

In January 2009, the Institute of Politics Infrastructure Committee released an infrastructure primer with the goal of providing occasional updates as new information about sectors becomes available.

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FOR STUDENTS |Elsie Hillman Civic Forum Internship Seminar & Placement

Through the Elsie Hillman Civic Forum Internship Seminar, undergraduate students are placed with elected officials in the Pittsburgh area at the local, state, and federal levels. Students earn four credits for their work in an elected official's office and their weekly seminar. Since 1990, over 400 undergraduates have benefited from this unique educational experience.

Click here to apply for the spring 2016 semester

The Institute is also currently accepting applications for internal interns, who will work directly with the Institute to develop programs and publications for elected officials and other key stakeholders in southwestern Pennsylvania. Interested applicants should forward a resume and two writing samples (papers written for class will be fine) to Briana Mihok at


The Institute conducts the Legislator for a Day program each spring to provide undergraduate students with the opportunity to "shadow" a member of the Pennsylvania General Assembly and gain insight into the legislative process and the roles and functions of State Representatives and State Senators. Approximately 120 students have participated in this program.

The application period for this program has ended. Applications will be posted for next year's program in January 2016.

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This is a 13-week intense Fellowship which places students in either the office of a House Leader or with a Committee Chair in Harrisburg. Interns are paid a monthly stipend and receive academic credit for the Fellowship.

If you are interested in an application and additional information on this exciting, one-of-a-kind internship, contact:

Raymond Whittaker, Programs Coordinator
Bipartisan Management Commitee
PA House of Representatives
Room B-29 Main Capitol Building
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2020

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This competitive internship, also known as the James G. Fulton & J. Steele Gow Fellowship in Washington, D.C., is sponsored by the Political Fellows Programs of The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Les Aspin Center for Government.

Ms. Deborah Turner
The Pittsburgh Foundation
Five PPG Place, Suite 250
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

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The Finnegan Foundation offers a ten-week paid internship in an administrative office of Pennsylvania government.

Application guidelines and information can be obtained by contacting:

Contest Coordinator
The James A. Finnegan Fellowship Foundation
3332 Ridgeway Street
Reading, PA 19605
(610) 929-4582

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Seeking a future in public affairs?
The Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs is a nine-month, full-time, post-graduate experiential leadership training program which introduces diverse, intelligent and driven young public servants to all aspects of the public affairs arena. The curriculum consists of field assignments, site visits, interviews, individual and group projects, and consultancies.

For more information and application guidelines for this program, contact:

Coro Center for Civic Leadership
33 Terminal Way, Suite 429A
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Phone: 412-201-5772
Fax: 412-201-0672

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Elsie Hillman Civic Forum Internship Seminar

Legislator for a Day

House of Representatives
Legislative Fellowship Program

The Congressional Internship Program

The James A. Finnegan Fellowship Foundation

Coro Center for Civic Leadership


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