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TWC Glossary • Academic Internship Program (AIP)- Our flagship Academic Internship Program is comprised of three major parts- the four day a week internship, your Friday LEAD colloquium, and the once per week evening course. For more information about AIP, please visit programs/academic-internship-program • Accepting an Offer- Accepting an offer means that you have officially said "YES!" to an organization and agree to join them for the semester. This can either be done verbally over the phone or through a professionally worded email. Once you have officially accepted a position, this is a final decision; it is very unprofessional to renege on a placement once you have agreed to work with an organization and can unfortunately result in negative consequences. • Admissions Counselor- Your admissions counselor is the person that you may have been working with in order to ensure a smooth application process into our program. They can answer any questions you have about applying to our program and are your main point of contact until you are accepted into our program. • Advising Session- This approximately thirty minute conversation will happen between you and your pre-arrival advisor and will serve to assist the pre-arrival advisor in learning more about you, your interests, and your goals for the semester. You will have the opportunity to review your resume with them and ask any burning questions you may have about the rest of the process! • Advocacy- Advocacy groups typically work on behalf of one specific cause or group of people. While advocacy groups often align with non-profits, lobbying groups or private corporations can do their own advocacy as well. Advocacy is often inherently partisan, though advocacy groups can be either right- or left-leaning. Groups can also be bipartisan, hoping to get support from both sides of the political spectrum. • Alumni Mentor- Our alumni mentors are former TWC students living in the RAF that serve as touchpoints for any questions that you may have during your time in DC. They can assist with networking, your housing accommodations, or advice about living in the city and facilitate events throughout the semester that bring students together. • Bipartisan- Bipartisan means that it is politically affiliated with all political parties and actively seeks input from both. This is different from non-partisan, which is apolitical. • Brief- Many job descriptions or internships will ask students to write a brief or a policy brief. These are short pieces of writing that serve to summarize research, a Congressional hearing, or current policy/legislation. Briefs are often sent to members of Congress, organization administration, or executive staff who don't have the time to read through the entirety of a particular writing. This type of writing is typical in a congressional office, lobbying firms, advocacy organizations, or think tanks. • Business Casual- Business casual dress refers to a more laid back dress code that is common throughout many industries and organizations in Washington DC. Please contact your internship directly to determine what their dress code is for their specific office. • Business Day- When someone from TWC or a particular organization refers to a "business day" (as in, I will respond no later than three business days), they mean one 8-hour day, Monday through Friday. Typically a business day begins at 8:00 or 9:00 AM and ends at 5:00 PM. Remember that Washington, DC is in the Eastern Time zone. • Business Professional- Business professional dress refers to the most professional attire worn in a workplace. Typically, this means wearing a blazer or full suit and dress shoes. Many women choose to wear a blazer over a dress as well. Business professional is NOT jeans, a t-shirt, or sneakers. Industries in DC that often have a business professional dress code are Capitol Hill internships and lobbying firms. Please contact your internship directly to determine what their dress code is for their specific office. This is the dress code for both LEAD sessions and SMLS events. • Campus Liaison- Your campus liaison is the person at your college or university responsible for assisting students from your school through the TWC process. They are often a faculty member of your campus's career center, study abroad office, or are a professor in a particular department. They will need to approve your application before it is officially submitted to TWC; you should meet with them at least once before you are admitted into the program so they can answer any questions you have

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