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Project Vote Smart approves five internships for HPU students

by Kalmalama Staff

Project Vote Smart, a unique political research organization, regularly makes internships available to university students accross the United States for help in tracking the votes of politicians on major issues.

The organizations founding board recently informed Kalamalama that it has approved funds to cover all expenses for up to five Hawai‘i Pacific University students to spend 10 weeks at its Rocky Mountain research center in Montana.

Considered the nation’s most independent, dependable, and accurate political research organization with over 5,000 sponsoring news organizations and libraries, the Project conducts background checks on over 30,000 political candidates and issues.

“We lack researchers from Hawai‘i and we are very interested in attracting students from Hawai‘i Pacific University,” said Lisa Coligan, the Project’s intern coordinator.

With its headquarters in an exclusive high-tech wilderness park 6,000 feet up in the Rocky Mountains, the Project’s volunteers have created what the New York Times says, “is a program so good even the Federal Government recommends it.”

“We are still building the retreat research center,” said Coligan, “and are in need of students willing to work on everything from candidate interviews and presidential research to building corral fences and painting lodge facilities.

“The big payoff,” she added, “is seeing the hundreds of news stories and thousands of citizens who now write their thanks and appreciation for our defending the citizens’ right to the facts instead of the rhetoric.

“The work is hard and terribly important, but you get to live in an incomparable paradise that features fishing, hiking, swimming, boating, and horseback riding,” Cooligan added.

Students must commit to a 10-week internship, which can be scheduled at any time, but those interested in serving during summer 2003 should act quickly before spots fill up.

Although political science, communications, and journalism majors are particularly encouraged to apply, interns from all backgrounds, including recent college graduates and graduate students are accepted and eligible for scholarship support.

Additional information and applications for Project Vote Smart internships are available on the Vote Smart Web site at Students can also call the toll free Voter’s Research Hotline for more information (1-888-868-3762).



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