Monday, April 29, 2013

Interested in US-China Relations? Apply Today to be a Volunteer at an Exciting Conference Featuring High-Profile American and Chinese Policymakers!

The National Committee is looking for volunteers to help out with their tenth anniversary U.S. Foreign Policy Colloquium. This is an annual event held in partnership with the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University. The Colloquium brings together about 150 PRC graduate students from a wide variety of disciplines at universities around the United States to help them better understand the complex forces that influence and shape American foreign policy. The two-and-a-half-day program gives these bright young men and women with potential for leadership in China an opportunity to interact with current and former Administration officials and members of Congress, as well as representatives from academia, the military, think tanks, the media and business. And, hopefully, you!

One of the reasons for the success of past FPCs is that it has been able to rely on volunteers in the D.C. area to help out; and this year is no exception. The main help we will need is with site visits the afternoon of Thursday, May 30. We need escorts to lead small groups of 10 to 15 FPC participants to foreign policy-relevant organizations in D.C. Briefings at the sites will last for an hour – from 3:30 to 4:30 (with about 20 minute presentations with 30-40 minutes of Q&A). Volunteers need to report to the Elliott School (E Street between 18th and 19th Streets) at 2:00 for a general briefing and to pick up their name lists, subway fare cards (if necessary) and then assemble their groups and depart between 2:30 and 3:00 p.m., depending on where their site venue is. (Some require a 5-15 minute walk, others require subway rides of various lengths.) For a listing of past site visit venues, please click on the link below.

We also may need assistance with set up and check in on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 28 and 29, as well as some miscellaneous help on Thursday and Friday during the event. If you are interested and available any of those days, please let us know.

All volunteers are welcome to attend not just the opening night ceremony (this year’s speaker is former Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao) but any (or all) of the sessions as well.

To sign up for the event and for more information, consult the volunteer information sheet.

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