USF in DC Program
Please complete this form and submit by CLICKING ON THE SUBMIT BUTTON at the bottom of the page.
Application Deadline: October 1st (for Spring or Fall 2014 semesters)
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Please list any courses completed or in progress that you find relevant to this program:
Statement of Purpose
Read the quotes and accompanying questions below and choose two of the three to which to respond. Statements will be judged according to both content and writing quality.
Please copy and paste or type in the box below your statement of purpose. Please proofread.
- "There isn't a student on this campus in any major who could not be an effective force in public decision-making if they bring to the fight a personal commitment to build a more just and humane world."- Leo T. McCarthy
Provide specific examples of how you have demonstrated a commitment to building a more humane and just world and describe how this program will strengthen your capacity to continue this commitment.
- "You need a set of convictions based on moral values and you need to be introspective every day so you're truthful with yourself about how close you are to sticking to those values." - Leo T. McCarthy
The McCarthy Center's core values that guide our work include: diversity and inclusion, social justice, collaboration and co-determination, humility, innovation, growth and improvement, and invitational dialogue.
Choose two of the values from the McCarthy Center's list of Core Values and discuss why they resonate with you and how you will incorporate them during your DC experience.
- "If a moral commitment does not drive a person in public office, he or she will waiver and maybe wither in the face of all the forces that may tear you apart." - Leo T. McCarthy
Public servants may be challenged by internal forces such as apathy, fear, and bias, as well as external forces including systemic injustice and bureaucratic red tape.
Provide one specific example of both an internal AND an external force that have challenged or threatened your moral commitment to service and describe how you strive to overcome those forces.
Please email your most recent resume to the McCarthy Center at email@example.com. Your application will not be considered complete until your resume is received.
Please provide the contact information for one professional or academic reference who is familiar with your skills and abilities. This could be a colleague, a professor, or an employer. Please do not list a family member or peer/friend.
This person should compose a letter of recommendation on your behalf and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org by October 1st.
Should you be selected for an interview, please list your availability between the hours of 9am-5pm, October 16-18, below: (interviews are no longer than 30 minutes).
My signature below certifies that the above information is true.
If I am accepted into the program, I acknowledge that I will be required to attend a mandatory preparatory meeting and orientation session on Saturday, November 16th, from 9am-2pm.
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