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A Summer of Active Citizenship

A Summer of Active CitizenshipSee what members of Tisch College's Active Citizenship Summer program have been up to this summer.

Medford/Somerville, Mass. [08.24.09] Members of Tisch College's Active Citizenship Summer program have been busy completing a summer's worth of civic engagement and public service opportunities both locally and nationwide. The program offers a number of different opportunities including work with host agencies in Chinatown, a national internship program with U.S. Mayors around the country and opportunities through the DC Alumni Group.

Here's a look at what some of the ACS participants have been up to this summer:

ACS Somerville Students Work With Community Organizations

novakTufts Senior Rebecca Novak spent her summer interning with East Somerville Main Streets (ESMS) , an organization dedicated to developing community initiatives that promote the true character of East Somerville.

"The ESMS placement through ACS aligned almost perfectly with my interests and enthusiasms," Novak says. "It's a way to dig into a neighborhood and really understand the ways and whys of how it works, and really feeling like I'm engaging with my community. I'm really thrilled to be a part of the program."vladeck

When the opportunity to combine her academic interests of community development and housing with her work at the Somerville Community Corporation (SCC) emerged through the Active Citizen Summer (ACS) program, Urban and Environmental Planning (UEP) graduate student Abigail Vladeck jumped at the opportunity.

"I was attracted to the project because it really seems to marry my work experience in community organizing with my academic interests in planning," Vladeck says. "So the opportunity to work for a community development corporation - particularly one with as long and rich a history as SCC - is great."

Click here to read more about these local initiatives.

US Conference of Mayors Brings Students to Their Mayor's Office

hoqSophomore Nabil Hoq spent his summer as an intern in the office of Medford Mayor Michael J. McGlynn. Hoq contributed to several projects in various municipal departments during the course of the summer, including the Office of Human Diversity and Compliance, the Energy and Environment Office and the Medford Council on Aging.

"I am grateful for the quality of public education and the other facilities that I received in high school, and I wanted to give back to the city of Medford," he says. "I knew that the municipal government was making large cuts this summer due to the economy, and I felt it was the right time to use my skills as a Tufts student and a Medford resident to help the city."

Click here to read more about Hoq and the Conference of Mayors program.

DC Students Work in Variety of Policy Roles
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Since June, Tufts seniors Rebecca Weinstein has been interning at J Street , a nonprofit advocacy group that promotes meaningful American leadership to end the Arab-Israeli and Palestinian-Israel conflicts peacefully and diplomatically. Weinstein said that she chose to work at J Street because the organization's mission meshed well with her own views.

"My ACS placement at J Street has provided me with an opportunity to build on my interest in Middle East conflict resolution through a first-hand experience in a non-profit," she says. "The work that I am doing here allows me to apply the academic knowledge I have gained from my Religion minor and various electives to Judaic/Middle Eastern issues."burns

In another corner of DC, Senior Nick Burns is spent his ACS Fellowship interning at the Pentagon. Working in the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, Burns is assisting Defense Department staff to manage and oversee major defense acquisition programs.

"While my internship is not directly related to my professional goal of working on US-China foreign policy, I applied because I thought that it would be a valuable opportunity to see the Defense Department from a non-foreign policy perspective," Burns says.

Click here for more on ACS in DC.

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