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“Purple State” Virtual Internships

Students -- many with laptop computers -- study and socialize in the Sun Garden at Union South at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Feb. 9, 2013. (Photo by Jeff Miller/UW-Madison)

Photo courtesy of Jeremy Stoddard

A recent article from the College of William & Mary news showcases a collaboration between the Epistemic Games Group and Jeremy Stoddard (College of William & Mary) that developed a new internship Purple State. In Purple State, high school students play the role of interns at a fictitious political media-consulting firm called PurpleState Solutions. The primary task assigned to interns at PurpleState Solutions is to create a media campaign for or against a fictitious state-level ban on hydraulic fracturing (i.e., fracking).

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This work was funded in part by the National Science Foundation (DRL-0918409, DRL-0946372, DRL-1247262, DRL-1418288, DRL-1661036, DRL-1713110, DUE-0919347, DUE-1225885, EEC-1232656, EEC-1340402, REC-0347000), the MacArthur Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The opinions, findings, and conclusions do not reflect the views of the funding agencies, cooperating institutions, or other individuals.