Villanova’s Center for Marketing and Public Policy Research: Washington DC Summer Internship Program

About the Center: Villanova’s Center for Marketing and Public Policy Research (CMPPR) tests the intended and unintended consequences of government regulation on business, consumers, and society. The center leverages Villanova’s strong international reputation, faculty, and executive network in the business and policy arena to provide research that guides business and regulatory processes while giving students unique networking and consulting experiences that accelerate their career development cycle. The center also encourages development of unique curricular initiatives with its Advisory Board.

Washington DC Summer Internship Program Overview: The program provides Villanova students with the opportunity to develop an understanding of the intricacies of legislative and regulatory federal governmenScreen Shot 2013-03-14 at 9.40.17 AMt processes through public policy advocacy while providing an introduction to a high-level DC corporate and governmental network to utilize for job searching upon graduation. While working closely with trade associations, think tanks, regulatory agencies, and corporate government affairs offices, students have the opportunity to gain experience in public policy and marketing.

Interns work full-time for an 8-10 week period over the course of one summer.  The positions are unpaid.  Students may elect to earn academic credit for participation in an approved internship.

Internship Placements: Students are assigned to one of the center’s participating Washington DC hosts, including:

  • Valente & Associates – A bipartisan government affairs firm, specializing in federal representation, legislative analysis, international affairs counseling, political strategy development and federal business development to a broad based group of clients.
  • Johnson & Johnson (U.S. Government Affairs Group) – J&J’s USGA has responsibility for coordinating Federal/State government issues for the corporation, advocating positions before Congress, state legislatures, and the Executive branch of government related to the company’s pharmaceutical, medical device and consumer businesses. The group also works with J&J associates to engage in the U.S. political process through grass roots and grass tops initiatives and the employee political action committee.
  • Amway Global/Alticor (Federal Government Affairs Group) – Amway is one of the world’s largest direct selling businesses. Established in 1959 as a seller of household cleaners, Amway expanded and diversified over the years; today’s sales include vitamin and mineral supplements, as well as skin care products and cosmetics.
  • Oxley Consulting – A small business that represents and markets small businesses to federal agencies, combining political intelligence, government marketing expertise, federal agency connections, corporate partnerships, and funding resources to expertly guide companies to success. The Oxley brand–coupled with years of experience, a tireless approach, an innovative spirit, and key solid relationships–breaks down barriers and open the right doors in the federal contracting space.
  • Association for Advanced Life Underwriting (Government Affairs) – The AALU’s mission is to promote, preserve and protect advanced life insurance planning for the benefit of our members, their clients, the industry and the general public.  The Association regularly connects with congressional leadership, members of key congressional committees and their senior staff, as well as administration officials tasked with implementing the laws that impact our members’ clients and the life insurance profession.

Student Eligibility: Villanova students who have an interest in gaining exposure to the federal government and public policy initiatives are encouraged to consider applying for this internship program.  Sophomores, juniors and seniors studying business and/or liberal arts are preferred.

Application Process: To learn more and apply for the internship program, contact Katie Bechtel, Assistant Director of the CMPPR ( or Danielle Tadros, Director for Internships (; Office for Undergraduate Students, SAC 107).


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