Tips for Peer-to-Peer Leadership

Ever found — or find — yourself in charge of supervising your peers?

While leading a team can be a rewarding experience,  it can also feel awkward when you’re in the course of doing it –especially if you’re suddenly your best friend’s boss or applying for jobs.

Fortunately, there’s a wealth of advice and resources online that advise how to lead. Check out these suggestions from Rachel Farrell’s “23 Traits of Good Leaders.” Farrell has rounded up advice from a number of different experts. Must-have skills and attributes include self-awareness, collaboration, focus, integrity and compassion.

For additional advice, check out this video from Robert Wendover:

(Hat tip to our colleague Justin Einhorn ’14 for contributions to this piece.)

CAREER BLITZ: Government & Public Policy

Topics Include:

  1. U.S. Department of State Student Experience, SUMMER  2013
  2. West Wing Writers, Speechwriting INTERN (DC)
  3. Public Policy and Leadership Conference, Harvard Kennedy School
  4. The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights; SPRING INTERNSHIP (DC)
  5. US Pacific Command; INTERNSHIPS (Hawaii)
  6. CITY OF SAN ANTONIO (TX), Economic Development Dept. – International Section INTERN
  7. Texas Council on Family Violence, Policy Analyst JOB (Austin, TX)
  8. Community Rejuvenation Project, Research Assistant INTERN (Oakland, CA)
  9. Women’s Foreign Policy Group, Communications PAID INTERNSHIP (DC)
  10. Stand for Children Illinois, Advocacy INTERNSHIP (Chicago, IL)

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1. U.S. Department of State Student Experience, SUMMER  2013

Program offers U.S. citizen undergrad AND grad students the opportunity to participate in 10-week, unpaid internships. Internships are available at many of the over 265 U.S. embassies, consulates and missions to international organizations around the world, as well as at the Department of State in Washington, D.C. and other locations throughout the U.S.   DEADLINE: NOV 2  http://1.usa.gov/RPb5i5

2. West Wing Writers, Speechwriting INTERN (DC)

West Wing is looking for people who love to write and are excellent researchers; people who are creative, curious, thoughtful, motivated, and dependable. As an intern, you’ll get an insider’s view of the speechwriting profession and be an integral part of the team.  DEADLINE: NOV 1 (for winter/spring internships).  http://bit.ly/QJQHzb

3. Public Policy and Leadership Conference, Harvard Kennedy School

The conference aims to inform about opportunities for graduate study and careers in both domestic and international public policy.  Only first and second year undergrad students are eligible to apply.

The conference is free of charge – all expenses are covered by HKS.  DEADLINE: NOV 16 http://hvrd.me/RPbt00

4. The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights; SPRING INTERNSHIP (DC)

For students interested in civil and human rights, public service, advocacy, journalism and online communications, real-world work experience in the policy arena. DEADLINE: DEC 1  http://bit.ly/Rk6rKO

5. US Pacific Command; INTERNSHIPS (Hawaii)

U.S. Pacific Command (USPACOM), together with other U.S. Government agencies, protects and defends the United States, its territories, Allies, and interests. Current openings will be advertised on the website under the application materials tab. Sample of positions include: Software Development, Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies, Information Technology, JIATF West Chemist, Public Diplomacy.  http://bit.ly/S0PH94

6. CITY OF SAN ANTONIO (TX), Economic Development Dept. – International Section INTERN

Sample tasks include: assist with international business development. Collects and organizes research data on trade flows, FDI flows, targeted industries and companies as directed by staff.  Posted on Dartboard:  (Job ID: 14266)  http://bit.ly/Y2Q4Uv

7. Texas Council on Family Violence, Policy Analyst JOB (Austin, TX)

TCFV works to end violence against women through partnerships, advocacy and direct services for women, children and men. The policy team works to change legislature to better serve Texas victims.  http://bit.ly/Tk6PJY

8. Community Rejuvenation Project, Research Assistant INTERN (Oakland, CA)

For students interested in urban policy. Conduct in-depth research on topics related to urban renewal policy and the role of art in community development.  http://bit.ly/SmCn1d

9. Women’s Foreign Policy Group, Communications PAID INTERNSHIP (DC)

WFPG is committed to global engagement and the promotion of leadership, visibility and participation of women in international affairs. DEADLINE: NOV 25  http://bit.ly/Rk6E0G

10. Stand for Children Illinois, Advocacy INTERNSHIP (Chicago, IL)

Their mission is to ensure that all children, regardless of their background, graduate from high school prepared for, and with access to, a college education. Sample tasks include: perform analysis of communities and political districts; prepare briefing materials; attend stakeholder meetings.  DEADLINE: DEC 1   http://bit.ly/TK3sbk

Check out the government/policy webpage at http://bit.ly/Q8iRUf

Make an appointment by calling 603-646-2215

Whitehouse Internship Program (Summer) – DEADLINE: January 27th, 2012

Whitehouse Internship Program (Summer)
DEADLINE: January 27th, 2013

This hands-on program is designed to mentor and cultivate today’s young leaders, strengthen their understanding of the Executive Office of the President and prepare them for future public service involvement.

“This select group of young men and women from across the country dedicate their time, talents, energy, and service to better the White House, the community, and the nation. These committed citizens become a part of the White House team. The assignments given to an intern on any given day could include conducting research, managing incoming inquiries, attending meetings, and writing memos.”

Applications for the Summer 2013 White House Internship Program are now being accepted. For application deadlines and program dates, please see Internship Timeline and FAQs.

You can learn more about the White House Internship Program by visiting www.whitehouse.gov/internships.