Urban Education Policy graduate student Madalyn Ciampi's internship with Civic Nation has opened new doors for her - most recently, the doors to the home of Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden.
Civic Nation's College Promise Campaign, which builds public support for making community college free of tuition and fees for students, intertwines with the White House, as the campaign stems from President Obama's America's Promise initiative.
Last week, Ciampi helped host a three-day "PromiseNet 2016" conference in Washington, D.C. as part of her internship. On the last day of the conference, she and her colleagues hosted a convening at the White House, and Dr. Jill Biden, the honorary chair of the campaign's National Advisory Board, invited the group to a luncheon at her and the Vice President's home before they returned to the White House for the National Advisory Board meeting.
When asked how her internship and passion for Civic Nation ties into her graduate studies at Brown University, Ciampi responded,
"I think that one of the most valuable components of the internship so far has been seeing the behind-the-scenes, hands-on aspect of education policy, which I feel really complements the classroom-based learning in UEP. The campaign is working to build public support, and this also involves promoting economic implications of making college accessible and affordable, to incentive governmental stakeholders, businesses, etc. to back the movement. I've also found the conversation around the importance of research in moving the College Promise forward to be really interesting, given that this is a huge component of UEP. In this respect I feel that the courses in the UEP program have prepared me to be much more well-versed in the work that I'm doing in my internship.
The internship component of my education has already benefited me greatly, and I am looking forward to seeing how it may continue to complement and build upon my classroom learning!"