Many Notre Dame students choose to leave campus to study abroad at some point during their academic journey, typically in the fall and spring semesters or the summer months. However, Notre Dame also offers the opportunity to study and pursue an internship in Washington, D.C. during the fall or spring semesters through the University’s partnership with the University of California Washington Center (UCDC) consortium. The ND Washington Program accepts 16 students each semester and is open to students of all majors.Claudia Francis, the program’s assistant director, said the program is not only for students who are interested in all things politics.“It’s also great for students that might just have a passion or a cause that they want to act on and have some time doing that while building their resume,” Francis said. Junior Stephen Vukovits was in Washington, D.C. last spring, and said he chose the Washington Program because he wanted practical experience working in D.C. on policy issues. “I particularly chose to do it sophomore year because I wanted to get the experience early on, so I could learn what kind of policy work I am interested in … which then allowed me to return in the summer with more knowledge and a more particular career path I would enjoy,” Vukovits said. Also in Washington, D.C. last spring was senior Kendrick Peterson, who said he wanted an experience that gave him skills he could use to enhance the activities he was already doing on campus.“I decided when I was thinking about studying abroad or going somewhere that I would pick somewhere that gave me some type of foundational value,” Peterson said. Francis said all students participate in a three-credit internship while taking classes at UCDC, but there is one seminar class and a companion course to it solely for Notre Dame students studying in D.C. “All Notre Dame students take a course [on] foundations of public policy. It actually counts as a second philosophy course,” Francis said. “The companion class to that is another three credit called Public Policy Visits.” In the companion class, students visit a different organization throughout D.C. each week, often through an alum connection of the University, Francis said. The internship, public policy seminar and companion course serve as the three core components of the program. Students then choose two elective courses to take through the UCDC consortium with students from many different universities.The internship is customizable for students. In the past, students have interned with politicians, media organizations, business hubs, museums and more, Francis said.Francis said Washington, D.C. is often attractive to applicants interested in advocating for something they are passionate about. “Students can intern with a member of Congress, they can intern at an advocacy organization, an NGO. … They could work at a think tank, doing some research on areas that are [of] particular interest to them, either academically or personally,” Francis said.Vukovits interned with the government relations at lobbying and law firm Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck. “The experience taught me about the intersection of business, politics and policy, and how all of the different interest groups work together to enact policy change,” Vukovits said. “It really exposed me to different avenues in how congressional committees work, how cooperation and bipartisanship can happen behind the scenes to sort of make the deals needed to pass laws.”Peterson went a different route with the internship opportunity in Washington, D.C. “I worked at the Human Rights Campaign as a political organizer against hate legislation in Arkansas, Alabama and Mississippi,” Peterson said. Both Peterson and Vukovits said they enjoyed studying and living in community with students from other universities. Vukovits said hearing what people liked and didn’t like about their work provided insight into what kinds of jobs he might enjoy in the future. “I really enjoyed learning from the other students in the program because everyone had such different internships that the whole program really exposed me to the different careers,” Vikovits said. “Having everyone share that feedback within class as well in our class discussions just made the discussion even richer.”Peterson said he enjoyed connecting with students different than him. “Meeting people that were so radically different than me was amazing, and I found some of my greatest friends. We still have a texting group chat at this moment,” Peterson said. The student application deadline for fall 2020 and spring 2021 of the Washington Program is December 1.Tags: nd washington program, study abroad
View Comments Hockadoo! Memphis the Musical has a new leading man. The West End incarnation of the Tony-winning Broadway hit recently welcomed stage first-timer Matt Cardle to the cast, playing radio DJ Huey Calhoun opposite soul singer and Olivier nominee Beverley Knight as club singer Felicia Farrell. Having come to fame in Britain for winning the seventh season of The X Factor, Cardle has replaced Killian Donnelly in the production at the Shaftesbury Theatre. The genial star spoke to Broadway.com about treading the boards—and learning lines—for the very first time.How did your new theatrical life come about—and Memphis in particular?Doing theater had never crossed my mind! I loved it but it wasn’t on my radar. I had never acted before and it wasn’t something that I thought I would be able to do in the future. But having finished [The X Factor] and been halfway through album number four, my manager called me and said that he had just had Beverley [Knight] on the phone to say that they were looking for a new Huey in Memphis and would I be interested?Were you?In fact, I’d been down to audition for another show in town and things didn’t get very far with that one so I went along and saw Memphis and instantly fell in love with it, as everyone who sees the show does. I was watching Bev very closely, and Killian [Donnelly], and then one thing led to another. It was a case of, I love the show and I had come down and read through the script with the resident director, Tara Wilkinson, and I spoke to my mum and decided that it would be rude not to give it a go.In what way “rude?”Inasmuch as Beverley is such a lovely woman and it was a huge honor to be thought of for something like this, given that I had never in my life picked up a script or ever learned a line!That is amazing, alongside the challenge of playing Huey, who is from an entirely different country and culture.The challenges were coming thick and fast, literally one after the other. First, there was the American accent, and I thought, right, I’ve messed around with accents my entire life but this was the deep south so I had to swerve around that one but I think I managed to do OK.Not to mention tackling a sizable part that brought both Tony and Olivier nominations for its Broadway and West End originators.My dresser told me I’m only ever offstage for 11 minutes, and that time is spent running underneath the stage at full pelt or doing the quickest costume change, sometimes with only 15 seconds or less to spare. There’s no time to sit and think about how things are going, which is good [laughs].How did you actually learn the part?I was watching the show on DVD twice a day and when I went to bed, I would have an audio of the show on my bedside table filtering into my subconscious. I lived and breathed Memphis before we started and then we had three weeks of intense rehearsal. It was like, “Where do I stand? What do I say? How do I say it?” And then, on top of all that, acting with props.Talk about a baptism by fire.I was like, bloody hell. I’m not so much a fish out of water as a goldfish that had landed on the carpet [laughs].At least you only do a seven-show week so you have that eighth show off to catch your breath…or watch from the audience.I get Wednesday afternoon off, but I’m more likely to be lying in bed!What do you think about those who complain that reality TV show alumni are getting cast in musicals over drama students who would give their eye teeth to star in the West End?I would say the same thing in their position! These roles aren’t easy to come by, and people who go to drama school train for years for this kind of thing. So I would not only empathize with their point of view, I would apologize to these people if the reports were coming back that I was rubbish but I think I’m holding my own at the moment. I hope so, anyway!Did your predecessor Killian [Donnelly] give you any advice?He just said, “You gotta f**king go for it!” It’s one of those roles where there’s no point thinking too hard about it. You’ve got to know what you’ve got to do.And of course the material addresses some major themes, beginning with racism in the United States.What I love about the show is that it manages to deal with these issues and to get the message across while also being consistently entertaining. But there are also two or three moments—more than that, actually—where the message comes and stabs you in the gut. There’s no messing about.Had you seen many West End musicals prior to being in this one?Not really. I saw Tommy a long time ago and Les Miz, and I saw Shrek, but I have to say that I was genuinely blown away by Memphis and thought it was just incredible. If I had thought there was no f**king way, I wouldn’t have done it, but I did think there was a slim chance I could pull it off.Now that you’re up and running in this, are you keen to make musical theater an ongoing part of your career?I’ve been given the golden egg here, as you can understand. This is one of the best companies, the best casts, the best shows—these roles don’t come around very often so now that I’ve got this, I’m not looking any further than tonight’s show or tomorrow night’s show.So we’re not going to see you donning a cat suit alongside Beverley [as Grizabella] when Cats returns to the West End later this year?I don’t think so but you never know. I never thought I’d be standing on a stage saying “hockadoo!”Do you even know what that word means?I don’t think anybody knows what it means!
The USC men’s basketball team continued their hot start to the season with a 96-61 victory over the visiting Cal State University, Northridge Matadors (2-3). Ten different players scored for the Trojans as the team dominated from start to finish.The Trojans exploded out the gate en route to an early 17-5 lead. Behind some great ball movement and hot shooting from beyond the three-point line, the Trojans increased their lead to as much as 26 points in the first half.Both guard Jordan McLaughlin and forward Katin Reinhardt started the game a perfect 3-3 from beyond the arc. As a team, the Trojans shot 53 percent from three in the first half.The Matadors, who only played seven players, struggled to keep up with the size and speed of the Trojan offense. USC out rebounded the Matadors 25-16 in the first half and assisted on their first 11 shots to start the game. The Trojans took a 46-26 lead into the half.Things didn’t get any better for the Matadors in the second half as the Trojans continued to put on an offensive clinic. The Trojans’ hot shooting carried over to the second half as the team pushed their lead to as much as 35 points.Jason Richardson led the Matadors with 18 points on 7-18 shooting. The Matadors struggled as a team from the field, shooting just 36.8 percent for the game, while going 1-13 from downtown.After starting last season 1-3, the Trojans seem much more poised and comfortable with each other. The Trojans have now scored more than 80 points in all four games this season, a feat they only accomplished eight times last season. It appears that head coach Andy Enfield finally has all pieces together for his space and pace offense.“We emphasize playing team basketball,” Reinhardt said. “If someone’s open make the extra pass. That’s how good team win.”McLaughlin led all scorers with 20 points on 70 percent shooting and Reinhardt chipped in 17 points off the bench for the Trojans. Fellow guard Julian Jacobs flirted with a triple double, finishing with six points, 10 assists and 11 rebounds.“I think our entire guard rotation has played at a high level,” Enfield said. “We’re sharing the basketball. We had 26 assists tonight, and we’re hitting open shots.”Freshman Bennie Boatwright continued to show why he was a top recruit out of high school as he finished with 12 points and six rebounds. Fellow freshman Chimezie Metu finished with five points, five rebounds and three blocks. Metu is now averaging 3.75 blocks per game on the season.The Trojans finished with 26 assists on 37 made baskets. The Trojans also out-rebounded the Matadors 57-34 en route to 25 second chance points.The Trojans will now head to Orlando, Florida, to take part in the AdvoCare Invitational. USC will face their toughest challenge of the young season against No. 20 Wichita State on Thursday. The game will be aired on ESPN at 11 a.m.