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In search of his calling Wof Chicago Mayor Rahm selected for the four Linfield students international relations prestigious Kemper an of one isGladow,major, for office left ’14 in thehen Joe Gladowan internship Emanuel, he expected to return with a Scholars program (see sidebar). Each solid idea of his career path. scholar spends two summers in But the opposite occurred. Now, his internships – one year in the public sector career options seem endless, in areas that and the next in the private. had never crossed his mind–investment Gladow was placed in the Chicago banking, business consulting, marketing, mayor’s office because of his interest public policy as well as the law or politics. in politics. He was one of only two “I went into this thinking I would undergraduate students working figure out what I want to do for a career,” alongside 23 graduate students from he said with a grin. “I have expanded colleges and universities around the my horizons. A lot of students have the country including Harvard, Princeton, notion that you have to go into a field that the University of Michigan and others. relates to your major. I now realize that’s The bulk of his time was spent on not true and there are many more things I research, and the skills he developed can do that I had not thought about.” through his study in Linfield’s political science department were invaluable. Career options seem endless for Kemper Scholar Joe “I had an understanding of how to Gladow ’14, who interned in the office of Chicago The Kemper Scholars conduct the research, and also how to Mayor Rahm Emanuel last summer. glean from it the most pressing point The Kemper Scholars program, to support a certain case or policy,” hone his skills in research and analysis. sponsored by the James S. Kemper Gladow said. One of the most valuable aspects of Foundation of Chicago, Ill., selects He worked on several projects the internship was learning how to be a students from 16 liberal arts colleges relating to education, international professional and work in a professional around the country to prepare them relations and business development. environment. Gladow wore a suit and tie for leadership and service, especially Once the research was completed, the each day and learned how to interact in in the fields of organizational teams prepared reports with ideas of how meetings, work in professional groups, administration and business. Chicago might develop policies that fit meet deadlines and collaborate with Each student receives an the unique characteristics of the city. diverse personalities. His weekly mentoring annual scholarship of up to Gladow never met Mayor Emanuel, sessions with the Kemper staff gave him $10,000 based on need during but he did get an inside glimpse of how insight into corporate culture, how to their sophomore, junior and senior the machines of Chicago politics and interview, how to understand different years of college. They also receive infrastructure work. He toured the police management styles, and how and why some stipends to cover the costs of their training academy, Soldier Field, After businesses are successful. work as interns in major nonprofit School Matters (an after-school arts “Beyond the practical aspect of organizations in Chicago during program for children), the Jardine being able to find opportunities through the summer following their Water Purification Plant (the largest this network of people, is the chance sophomore year. Scholars work in water treatment plant in the world), to meet and get to know people from positions where they can learn and met city officials such as the fire diverse backgrounds,” he said. “I’m about financial management, commissioner and director of health more confident. I have learned that I organizational strategy, fundraising and human services. can interact with anyone and I can offer and nonprofit administration. Although he admits to being insight in any situation.” In addition to Gladow, of intimidated initially by the graduate His internship also helped him Shoreline, Wash., the other Linfield students and mayor’s staff, he also develop a more critical mindset. “The students currently in the program are recognized the enormous learning skills of doing research and translating it Cody Purchase ’15 of Boise, Idaho; opportunities. Most of the grad students into policy, instill in you this more critical Terran Sobel-Smith ’15 of Canby and were studying for master’s in public way of analyzing things for a practical Blake Densley ’14 of Renton, Wash. administration or public policy degrees, purpose,” he said. and he was able to learn from them and – Mardi Mileham 2 4 - l i n f i e l d m a g a z i n e Fall 2012


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