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Information For Students

We have many opportunities for students in our major to participate in a variety of specific activities that will allow you to learn, build your resume, develop career opportunities, and have fun. For more information see the examples below. They include activities, internships, American Mock Trial, organizations, research, and travel.

Also, be sure to check back frequently for updates on other unique chances to get to know others in your major.

AMERICAN MOCK TRIAL ASSOCIATION

 

Wilmington College students have an exciting opportunity to participate in  Mock Trials.   The goal of college mock trial is not winning. It is to facilitate the growth of the individual student as a person able to work with and support others, as a knowledgeable citizen acquainted with the legal system, and as a community leader working for the betterment of humanity. These goals are met when the student participates at any level of the program. Thus, the motto is that all are winners in mock trial. Photographs show Wilmington College students who participated in the 2007 Mock Trial.

 History

The undergraduate mock trial program originated with Richard M. Calkins in 1985 while he was the dean of Drake University Law School. The idea was to give undergraduate students an opportunity to learn first hand about the work of trial attorneys, understand the judicial system, develop critical thinking and enhance communication skills. At the first tournament, held in Des Moines, Iowa, twelve teams from eight colleges and universities competed.

For more information on Wilmington College Mock Trial contact Professor Paul Moke.

For more information on the Mock Trail Association visit http://www.collegemocktrial.org/old_site/about.htm.

TRIALS

Trials is a residential scholarship program that helps talented and motivated undergraduates of modest means earn acceptance to the nations' leading law shcools.  This program is a unique collaboration of New York University School of Law, Harvard Law School and the Advantage Testing Foundation.  Selected students participate in a rigorous five-week course to improve their chances for admission to the nation's top law schools.

Learn more and apply online at http://trials.atfoundation.org


Law School Admission Information Book

Wilmington College Career Services
has the Law School Admission Information Book.
The LSAT dates are provided as well as other information to prepare you for
  the test.

  Go to www.LSAC.org for info

  -Register for the LSAT
  -Use LSAC's Credential Assembly Service
  -Search for and apply to law schools online
  -Register for Law School Forums
  -Order LSAT prep materials

TRAVEL & LEARN

Lobby in Washington, D.C.

In March of 2007, over 30 (Wilmington College) students traveled to Washington D.C. for four days to learn how to lobby. The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) (the largest and oldest church lobby in D.C.) hosted the event. First, students learned about two issues: the Iraq War and indiscriminate weapons, such as landmines and cluster bombs. Then, after an intensive training on how to lobby, they spent Monday morning meeting with several congressional offices. Students urged their representatives to bring the war in Iraq to an end and stop the manufacturing and use of indiscriminate weapons.

For more information contact Associate Professor Michael Snarr.

To view more photographs click here.


Understand the United Nations, New York

In Michael Snarr's spring of 2006 United Nations class, the first part of the course introduced students to the United Nations system and its role in the world. Then, they traveled to the UN to visit various nongovernmental organizations and UN agencies. Upon returning to campus, students developed a presentation based on what they learned from the trip and gave a presentation to the community. Some presentations took place at the Quaker Heritage Center and others at the Wilmington Public Library.

To view pictures click here and for more information contact Associate Professor Michael Snarr.

Cultural Mexico Trip

Neil Snarr and Michael Snarr provided the Wilmington

College students and community members an opportunity to travel to Central Mexico. Visitors learned about the rich history of the Mexican people by visiting historical landmarks, museums, and archeological sites. They experienced a different culture as they were introduced to Mexican art and music, visited the marketplace, ate "real" Mexican food, and interacted with locals. In addition, the course exposed students to various issues within a developing country, including: over-population, abject poverty, environmental degradation, and a large informal sector. The group spent most of their time in Mexico City. A few days were also being spent in at least two smaller, nearby cities.

For more information contact Associate Professor Michael Snarr.
(View additional pictures at the photo gallery.)

 

RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES

 An advantage at Wilmington College is the individual attention and research opportunities students receive. For example, Dr. Mary Rose Zink, professor of psychology, worked with a student to role play a Head Start child as Steven Reese, a student majoring in Criminal Justice and Psychology, trained to give the National Report System Test. The test will document how well the Clinton County Head Start children are learning. The project is part of President Bush’s campaign “No Child Left Behind.”

For Social and Political Studies Research contact Dr. Mary Ellen Batiuk, area coordinator. For Pyschology Research contact Professors Dr. Mary Rose Zink,
or Dr. Erinn Green.



 


ACTIVITIES

Events

Students can act on their beliefs by organizing events like the Voices from Darfur and participating in various campus organizations. For example a Global Issues class organized the following event.

Voices from Darfur
Wilmington College Global Issues honor students hosted Voices from Darfur tour on campus November 29th at 7:30 p.m. in the Top of the Pyle. The audience heard Darfur survivor stories, saw a short documentary film, and left the event empowered to take action to stop the genocide.

The tour was organized by the Save Darfur Coalition, which raised public awareness about the ongoing genocide in Darfur and mobilized a unified response to the atrocities that threaten the lives of people throughout the Darfur region. The coalition's member organizations represented 130 million people of all ages, races, religions and political affiliations united together to help the people of Darfur.

"My honors global issues class worked very hard organizing this event. In order to raise money they made and sold cookies, and designed and sold t-shirts. We were very excited about this event," said Michael Snarr, Associate Professor of Social and Political Science Studies.

( For additional pictures of the event view Photo Gallery )

 

Student Organizations
Students interested in leadership and campus organizations can find more information at http://www2.wilmington.edu/student-life/student.cfm.

GOVERNMENT/SOCIAL & POLITICAL STUDIES INTERNSHIPS

An internship is an intensive, responsible work experience related to your previous academic studies and your career or general goals. It is also an opportunity to gain practical experience in your major field of study and apply knowledge gained in the classroom. It will also give you a chance to find if a particular field is right for you. It is also a way to earn credits outside of the classroom. Lastly, it is an excellent resume builder and provides an opportunity to make useful contacts in your professional field.

Listed below are internship possibilities for Government/Social & Political Studies majors.  To learn more about internships check with Career Services and your faculty advisor.

Internship Opportunities: National & Wilmington, Ohio

National:

The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars (TWC)- Wilmington College has a relationship with The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars (TWC) in Washington, DC. Through our affiliation, students can secure substantive internships at any of the thousands of organizations, governmental, for-profit, nonprofit, and international with which The Washington Center maintains ties. We provide credit, and The Washington Center provides placement, supervision, an academic course and housing. The experience is open to all majors, and there are many scholarship awards available to help offset the tuition and the cost of living in the nation’s capital. Jessica Cox, a senior Criminal Justice Major in spring 2008 enrolled and was interned at the Violent Crimes and Terrorism Division of Interpol.

For more information you can contact Barbara Kaplan at Ext. 299 in Career Services or for information about the Washington Center you can reference http://www.twc.edu or contact Tania Chakraborty, TaniaC@twc.edu. Tina is the Program Coordinator, Institutional Relations, and serves as the Wilmington College contact.

The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars
Tania Chakraborty
Main Telephone: 202-238-7924
Direct Telephone: 202-238-7927
Toll Free: 1-800-486-8921
F ax: 202-238-7700

This year, 2008, they are offering a special academic seminar focusing on the inauguration of the 44th President of the United States.  This is a special 10 day program that will provide a full seven days of programming and two days of free time to attend public inauguration events prior to the inauguration on January 20th.  Application deadlines is November 17th.  Cost is $1,995.  More information is available at Career Services.

WASHINGTON PEACE CENTER: Education and Action for Social Justice
The Washington Peace Center is a multi-issue, grassroots, and anti-racist organization working for nonviolent social change in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Working as an intern at the Peace Center gives you an opportunity to gain hands-on experience in political organizing and involves you in educational activities sponsored by the Peace Center and other local & national groups. You are an integral and important part of the Peace Center's vital work.

Each intern works to further the core mandates of the Center and its working groups. Your responsibilities may include: participating in coalition and organizing campaigns;
developing, coordinating and publicizing educational events; researching and writing educational publications; researching, interviewing and writing articles for the community paper;
creating leaflets, posters and banners for political demonstrations; organizing and staffing literature tables; and word processing, data entry and other administrative work.

As an intern, you can work with a specific working group. You are also welcome to develop projects of your own. Your work at the Peace Center is limited only by your energy and imagination. Among the qualities we look for in an intern are

  • strong interest in economic and social justice issues,
  • commitment to anti-racism and anti-oppression analysis and work,
  • willingness to learn about nonviolent approaches to political issues, and
  • excellent written and verbal communication skills, and a sense of humor.

Internships are 15 or more hours per week (part- to full-time), and are unpaid at this time. Please feel free to write us at wpc@igc.org with your questions, or mail a cover letter, resume and a writing sample to PO Box 50032 Washington, DC  20091.     

For more information about the organization visit http://www.washingtonpeacecenter.net/civic/.

Washington Peace Center
1426 9th Street NW, Suite 306
Washington, D.C. 20001
Phone: 202- 234-2400
Fax: 202-234-7064

Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) FCNL interns meet with Mike Gravel

FCNL internships are paid positions that offer interns the chance to work on Capitol Hill advocating for issues that they care about. Interns serve as assistants to senior staff, doing research, advocacy, outreach, and communications. They learn new skills such as publications layout, web design, and legislative research, lobbying, writing articles, and working with our constituents around the country. This internship is perfect for someone with a general interest in peace and justice or a specific interest in one of our issues: peace, nuclear disarmament, civil liberties, domestic, social and economic justice, and a healthy environment.

FCNL internships typically run for 11 months, beginning in early September and ending in late July. Candidates should have a bachelor's degree or equivalent experience. Interns receive a stipend for living expenses, full medical and dental coverage, sick leave and vacation time, and a public transportation stipend.

FCNL has begun accepting applications for its 2009-2010 internship. The deadline for applying is March 10.

 



CLINTON COUNTY PUBLIC DEFENDER’S OFFICE – Robert T. Baker, Assistant Public Defender, 32 East Sugartree St., Wilmington, OH 45177 937-382-1316

     Intern will observe negotiations between defense attorneys and prosecutors in Municipal Court concerning  all levels of misdemeanors.  Intern will gain an understanding of various penalties that are possible depending on the level of misdemeanor charged.  Also, intern will observe and learn what paperwork is necessary to resolve a case and how it is processed.  Intern will familiarize themselves with research sites. (Spring 2007)

CLINTON COUNTY REGIONAL PLANNING – Christian Schock, Executive Director, 69 N. South St., Wilmington, OH 45177  937-382-3582

     Intern will observe workings, negotiations and deliberations of a county level planning organization, assist with research on housing, local governance, grant research and related functions of a planning organization.  Intern will perform associated research into grant/housing and other local development issues/challenges as directed by the commission/staff. Paid (Spring 2008)

JOY BRUBAKER FOR OHIO 86TH  - Joy Brubaker, Candidate, 2210 Brown Rd., Wilmington, OH 45177 937-382-8308

     Intern will organize and direct activities for a successful campaign.  Recruit and supervise volunteers, design campaign literature, arrange appearances and social events.  Organize phone banks and drop literature.  Door to door voter contracts.  Unpaid (Spring 2008)