2013 Politics WOW Recipient


​"This summer I will be serving as an intern in Washington, D.C. at the Coalition on Human Needs (CHN), a group devoted to uniting a network of individuals and organizations dedicated to political advocacy on behalf of the low-income population in the U.S. Ultimately, I would like to pursue a career in non-profit work. The research and conference planning that I will do as part of my CHN internship will not only involve me in a wide range of current policy issues – especially health care, which is the policy issue I most want to pursue – but by interacting with the Coalition’s many organizations, I will be exposed to the challenges faced by non-profit organizations devoted to solving problems that require consensus and collaboration among groups with overlapping yet not entirely compatible agendas.

I am extremely honored and beyond grateful to have been named as the first Alexander P. Heckler/Governor Ann Richards Internship Fund in Politics WOW Fellow. The stipend will offset my summer expenses in the beltway, and will maximize the impact of my internship experience by allowing me to concentrate my efforts fully on the work of the Coalition."

- Zoe Richman ’15, The Coalition on Human Needs, Washington, DC, recipient of the Alexander P. Heckler/Governor Ann Richards Internship Fund in Politics WOW

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 public service.  The fund is named for and honors the memory of former Texas Governor and Brandeis University visiting professor & Board Member, Ann Richard. 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.