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Dymski to Direct Sacramento Internships


UC Riverside Professor Gary Dymski Selected to Lead Statewide Student Internship Program in Sacramento

Selected UC undergraduates will come to Sacramento for internships

(June 23, 2003)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) -- Gary Dymski, Professor of Economics at UC Riverside since 1991, has been named Director of the University of California Center at Sacramento. He will begin his new duties as of July 1.

The University of California Center at Sacramento (UCCS) is a three-year pilot program of the UC Office of the President, a state version of the popular UCDC program in Washington D.C.

“Each undergraduate UC campus will have the chance to send a handful of students, so we expect about 30 students each quarter, “ Dymski said. “They will come to Sacramento for academic programs combined with internships designed to give them hands-on experience in government, business or the non-profit world.”

Apart from student-centered activities, the UCCS will represent the academic activities of the University of California in the State Capitol, including drop-in access to the California Digital Initiative; briefings on key issues facing California; a Sacramento home for faculty research and generally link UC's academic resources more closely with state policy-making processes.

“This is a crucial time in the development of both the University and of the State and outgoing UC President Richard Atkinson recognized the need and championed the UCCS initiative,” Dymski said. “I look forward to serving as the founding director.”

The first wave of UCCS student interns will arrive in Sacramento for the Winter 2004 quarter. The UCCS will occupy a portion of the first floor of an historic department-store building on Sacramento's central downtown thoroughfare, a block from the State Capitol.

UCR student participants for this program are being recruited by UCR's Career Center and the deadline is July 3. Basic qualifications include: GPA 3.0 or better and junior class standing. Those interested in further information can contact Linda LaTendresse at (909) 787-2736 or visit the UCCS website, http://uccs.ucdavis.edu

Dymski is well-suited to his new role. Prior to beginning his doctoral training in economics, he earned an MPA at Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. He then held two jobs in the public-service arena in Indiana, one as an economic analyst for Legal Services Organization of Indiana and the other as Staff Director for the Democratic Caucus in the Indiana State Senate. He worked for Senator Frank O'Bannon, who went on to serve two terms as lieutenant governor and two terms as governor of Indiana. Gary went from Indiana to doctoral studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, concluding this period with a year as a Research Fellow in
Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. After several
years at the University of Southern California, Gary joined UCR's Department of
Economics in 1991 as Assistant Professor.

His publications include the 1999 book The Bank Merger Wave, four edited volumes, and over 100 journal articles and book chapters. Gary has lectured in Portugal, England, Brazil, Colombia, Japan, South Korea, and South Africa; he has been a visiting scholar at the Bangladesh Institute for Development Studies, the University of Tokyo, and the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.

Dymski oversaw the planning phase of UCR's newly established Center for Sustainable Suburban Development, designed to study issues such as urban growth and its environmental impact in fast-growing areas such as Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

He has received several teaching and mentorship awards while at UCR: he was named Honors Program Professor of the Year in 1990, he was made an honorary Lifetime Member of the Golden Key Society in 2002, and he received a Certificate of Appreciation from the For Sisters Only student organization in 2003.

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