“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).

GAPS is housed within the Wisconsin Center for Education Research at the School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison.