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Dental, Advanced Dental and Allied Dental Students, Residents, and Fellows - Legislative Internship Available for 2012

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For the first time the American Dental Education Association, generously supported by Sunstar Americas, Inc., a longstanding ADEA Corporate Member, has established the ADEA/Sunstar Americas, Inc. Student Legislative Internship, an opportunity for dental and allied dental students to gain experience in public policy formulation and advocacy on behalf of academic dentistry.

In announcing support for this exciting opportunity, Mr. Jim Doyle, Vice President of U.S. Sales and Trade Marketing at Sunstar Americas, Inc., said that “Sunstar is pleased to expand its partnership with ADEA by offering students an experience in the legislative arena. The new program is similar to the ADEA/Sunstar Americas, Inc. Harry W. Bruce, Jr. Legislative Fellowship provided to dental and allied dental faculty.” Since 1985, 26 leaders from academic dental institutions have worked for three months in the ADEA Center for Public Policy and Advocacy (ADEA CPPA) to hone their skills in influencing public policy. “Sunstar is proud to promote the development of legislative and advocacy competencies among dental and allied dental students,” Mr. Doyle concluded.

The new award provides the recipient with lodging, transportation, and a stipend for living expenses for a six-to eight-week period in the nation’s capital. The ADEA/Sunstar Americas, Inc. Student Legislative Intern will meet and interact with legislative decision-makers in the U.S. Congress and the federal government, as well as with prominent Washington lobbyists, key federal agency personnel, ADEA volunteer leaders and staff, and dental and other coalition partners.

Dr. Adam Donnell was chosen as the inaugural Student Legislative Intern. He was a fourth-year dental student at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine at the time of the internship, “I am very fortunate to have this unique opportunity to be mentored by ADEA’s national policy and advocacy staff. I believe the internship will enrich my experience as a student and add value to my practice after I graduate,” stated Dr. Donnell. “I have always been interested in how Washington works. Now I can see it first-hand and experience the rush that comes from being an effective advocate on behalf of my profession.”

The award evolved as ADEA CPPA staff conducted ADEA Field Advocacy Workshops at academic dental institutions around the country. According to ADEA Executive Director Richard W. Valachovic, D.M.D., M.P.H., “we discovered that many students were eager to learn more about the federal policymaking process. Consequently, we are extremely pleased that Sunstar Americas, Inc. has made this dream a reality for eager students.”

For more information about the Student Legislative Internship, contact Jack Bresch, Associate Executive Director and Director of the ADEA Center for Public Policy and Advocacy, at 202-289-7201 or breschj@adea.org.

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