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(Left to Right) ’09 Fellow Danielle Liffman, ’04 Fellow Erin Krampetz and Gwen Brown of Hewlett-Packard

The Eben Tisdale Fellowship brings eligible students to Washington, D.C. for internships that explore current public policy issues of critical importance to the high technology sector of the economy. The Fellowship has several main elements:

One principal feature is a nine-week internship from June 8-August 9 in the government relations office of a leading high technology company or association.  Fellows will be notified in mid to late April of their placement. The sponsors make contributions to the Tisdale Fellowship in return for the opportunity to host a summer intern.  Intern sponsors provide mentoring, hands-on experience and valuable high-tech public policy training.  Fellows have an opportunity to observe the development and advocacy of significant policy issues in Congress, the Administration and industry associations. They also have the opportunity to participate in projects of their own, focusing on current critical issues facing the tech sector.

Past internships include:

  • Agilent Technologies 
  • Applied Materials 
  • Business Software Alliance 
  • Computing Research Association 
  • Dell Computers
  • Hewlett-Packard
  • Philips Corporation
  • TechAmerica
  • Technology CEO Council
  • Worldwide Insight

While sponsoring companies will vary from year to year, the Fellowship makes every effort to retain high quality internship opportunities. Fellows have an opportunity to observe firsthand the development and advocacy of public policy issues in Congress, the Administration and industry associations and to participate in projects of their own, focusing on current critical issues.

“The Tisdale Fellowship provides a unique integrated perspective that incorporates aspects of the private sector, special interest coalitions, and the federal government, a perspective that is difficult to find in other internships. Through this internship I have been able to see how tech companies interact with each other one on one, in organized coalitions and with the government. My schedule was full of opportunities to meet representatives of industry leaders, members of various federal agencies, Representatives and Senators.”
Joshua Cregger ’07, University of Michigan
Monster Worldwide Intern


Courses for Credit
As students in the Institute on Business and Government Affairs, Tisdale Fellows will be enrolled in two courses worth six academic credits from George Mason University.

The comprehensive nature of IBGA gives students the academic background necessary to develop into a future policymaker or business leader of tomorrow. The program’s academic goal is to educate students about the dynamic business/government relationship and the importance of businesses representing their interests before Congress. 

Economics of Regulation
ECON 470 level (3 credits)
This course examines the history and philosophy of government regulation and focuses on the changes that have occurred in lobbying and the public policy process during the past quarter century. Incorporating lectures, readings and case studies, this course outlines the growth of political activism in corporate America and the development of a Washington, DC business-government affairs community. Please click here for last summer's syllabus.

Ethics and Leadership
NCLC 375 level (3 credits)
Identified by some alumni as "the best college course they ever took,” this course is team-taught by professionals who specialize in the relationship between business and personal ethics. The course involves a hands-on learning process, including group activities, to demonstrate how power is defined in the professional world and how individual beliefs apply. Students work on creative team projects to analyze their moral beliefs and how they apply in the workplace. The course includes a two-day workshop designed to help students make the coursework personally meaningful and discover sources of their own empowerment through games and power exercises. Please click here for last summer's syllabus.


Issues Seminar
Another main element of the fellowship is a weekly issues seminar organized with the assistance of the sponsoring companies, firms and associations. Expert speakers
lead discussions of current public policy issues in Washington and the methods the high technology industry uses for effective advocacy.

Tisdale Fellows attend the 2008 Lecture on diversity and ethics at Dell's Washington, D.C. office.

Past topics include:

  • Global electronic commerce
  • Protection of privacy
  • Digital intellectual property protection
  • Biotechnology issues
  • Educational technology policy
  • Health Information Technology 
  • Dell Thurmond Woodard lecture on diversity and ethics

The seminars give Fellows an opportunity to reflect on the appropriate role industry advocacy can have on public policy making at the Federal level. Conducted over lunch, the seminars also provide a weekly venue for fellows to meet and compare notes on their experiences. Fellows also are encouraged, through a variety of events and discussions, to reflect on how growing high technology affects society, culture and the global economy.  The goal of the Fellowship is to create a supportive and collegial environment in which a new class of public policy professionals will be mentored to help ensure that the high-tech industry continues to have highly capable and well-trained individuals in both policy advocacy and senior management positions.

“The Tisdale lunches helped me dive deeper into issues I've only read about and exposure to former alumni and my mentor help to see even more areas and careers in tech policy. I more comprehensively understand the climate of Washington because of this fellowship.”
Elaine Sedenberg ’10, University of Texas at Austin
Technology CEO Council Intern


Mentor Program
The Mentor Program is an informal part of the Fellowship designed to give Tisdale Fellows a personal contact before and throughout the summer. Mentors are prepared to offer general information on what it's like to live and work in the nation's capital, particularly in the areas of tech and policy. Mentors are often alumni of the Tisdale Fellowship who live and work in the D.C. area.



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