In the mid-1940s, Dale Ride's political science professor arranged
an internship for him in the office of Congresswoman Margaret Chase Smith,
the first woman ever elected to serve in both houses of Congress. The
experience had such a profound effect on Dale that he dedicated his life to
public service and taught political science at SMC for thirty-three years.
No other community college in the country has such a program.
Through generous donations to the SMCF Annual Fund, The Dale Ride Family Fund,
and other supporters, a few highly successful, bright and energetic SMC
students travel to DC for an eight-week experience. In memory of Dale Ride, the
Santa Monica College Foundation has since sent more than 120 of SMC's best
students to our nation's capital.
SMC students get unparalleled hands-on-opportunities. You will:
- Participate in the legislative, political and administrative
processes in governmental or public service agencies.
- Gain exposure to and experience in the process of public policy
and public service.
- Broaden your awareness of an vision in pursuing public service as
a possible career.
- Work with professional staff in research, analysis, and
development of legislative proposals.
- Assist in organizing and participate in public forums and events.
- Acquire self-confidence and self-discipline, gain critical
thinking skills and apply your knowledge beyond the classroom.
A complete application packet must be submitted to the Office of Campus and Alumni Relations by 3:00 P.M. on November 7, 2016. For more information about
the Dale Ride Summer Internship Program, call Deirdre Weaver at the
Office of Campus and Alumni Relations at (310) 434-8400.