Author: Jodie Vanyo

Exciting New Direction for the Baines Report

The past year has been a busy one for the Baines Report. We got a new website, revived the PolicyBriefs podcasts and published op-eds from 28 of our students, professors and alums. Thanks to our writers' excellent critique and analysis, several of these articles were featured on the UT-wide election blog and LBJ homepage, helping to showcase the brilliant minds at LBJ. More people are reading the Baines Report than ever before, with nearly 6,500 people from the United States, China, Germany, India, Japan, Pakistan, South Korea and 62 other countries visiting the site in 2012. These readers are eager to see new content: over 800 people have already visited the site since the new year. While I've enjoyed my time as the Editor-in-Chief, it's time for me to pass the reins to our first-year cohort. I am happy to announce that we have two excellent new Editors-in-Chief to take over the helm in 2013: Kaitlin Sharkey and Rob Wieczorek. Both have strong writing backgrounds and will continue to make the Baines Report a publication the school can be proud of. Taking over for Jennifer Lee as the PolicyBriefs manager will be Gene Vela, who was an integral part of getting PolicyBriefs back on its feet last semester and has already started creating content for the new year. We also have Rene Cardona lending his marketing expertise to Baines to...

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Summer in the Sahel

At this time last year, all I can remember is the fear and intimidation I felt about finding a summer internship.  The second years and career resources team provided us with encouraging facts like "you'll apply for 50 and hear back from one!" or "if you're not already looking, you're already behind!"  Undergrad was already looking like a joke compared to the reading load at LBJ; on top of that we were supposed to spend hours each week scouring the web for the perfect summer internship.  Naturally, I put it off until the spring.  This is ill-advised (remember, you're already behind!), but I got lucky and DID land that perfect internship with the Peace Corps in Senegal. At the end of May I was brought on as a Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) intern and stationed in the beachside capital of Dakar.  I had no experience in Africa and zero French skills, but was looking forward to a change from my usual Latin American-centric world.  My background pre-LBJ was in grant writing, journalism and linguistics, so I was eager to mix my prior knowledge with skills picked up in classes like Analytical Methods, NGO Project Design and International Development.  As I walked through the doors of the office on my first day, I was greeted by the familiar faces of President Kennedy, President Obama and even LBJ's very own Oliver Gaines,...

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