2014 Politics WOW Recipient


"I will be interning this summer at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a think tank dedicated to conducting research on US foreign policy and national security with a focus on terrorism and geopolitics in the Middle East. I plan to pursue a career in the national security industry as an intelligence analyst and this internship will allow me to sharpen my analytical skills and to immerse myself in research concerning non-state political violence in the Middle East.  I am extraordinarily grateful to have received the Alexander P. Heckler/Governor Ann Richards Internship Fund in Politics WOW Fellow. This stipend will cover the costs of my living expenses while I am in DC, thereby allowing me to work full-time and enabling me to take full advantage of the opportunities available to FDD interns."

- Nathaniel Barr ’14 (Dec), Foundation for Defense of Democracies, Washington, District of Columbia

Alexander P. Heckler Family / Governor Ann Richards Internship Fund in Public Service

This special subset of WOW funding is awarded to a student whose goal is to pursue a professional career in public service.  The fund is named for and honors the memory of former Texas Governor and Brandeis University visiting professor & Board Member, Ann Richards. Governor Richards spent much of her life as a dedicated public servant advocating for progressive values.

Students may apply through the regular WOW process.  Please select "Politics/Public Service" on the online application. Applicants must propose an internship in the government or non-profit sectors in Washington, DC

One student will be selected and will receive a $3,500 stipend for the summer.