Rowan Institute for Public Policy & Citizenship

  • Governor Murphy with Dr. Dworkin and Former Rowan Students on Walk To Washington
    Governor Murphy, Dr. Ben Dworkin, and former Rowan Students Connor Schmiegel '19 and Brianna Donohue '19 on the Walk to Washington trip 2020.
  • RIPPAC enjoy a laugh as they prepare holiday message
  • Nyasia Brackett '20 records part of RIPPAC's holiday message
  • Julie Tarrant '20 records a line for the RIPPAC holiday message
  • Interns gather to register for Intern Summit
  • Interns peruse handouts at Summit
  • Intern speaks to Congressman Norcross at Intern Summit
  • Interns at Intern Summit 2018
    Interns at First Annual Mid-Atlantic Political Intern Summit Networking Event. 
  • Winners of spots at the NEW Leadership conference
    RIPPAC congratulates Hafiza Kazi, '20 and Marika Igras, '19 on securing coveted spots to attend the National Education for Women's Leadership program at Rutgers University. See Leadership Conference Winners at sidebar.
  • Florio speaks to students on Rowan Glassboro Campus
  • Assemblyman Daniel R. Benson poses with students after talk on Rowan Glassboro campus
  • Senator Troy Singleton addresses Rowan students
  • Steve Kornacki with Rowan students
  • Rob Lewandowski addresses students at Open House
  • Students volunteering at campaign fair
  • Hilary Becket talks to students
  • Gov. Chris Christie meets with Rowan students and the general public
  • Debate teams wait for winner to be declared at April Fools' Day Debate
  • Audience at April Fools' Day Debate laughing
  • Attendees of Political Intern Summit in group shot in Chamberlain Student Center After networking session
  • William Palatucci, Esq. meets interns at Intern Summit
  • Audience of interns listen to Rep. Donald Norcross at Intern Summit
  • Christ Russell and Tom Bonier join Prof. Dworkin for Campaign Panel at Intern Summit
  • Students gather for lunch buffet right before Campaign Panel at Intern Sumit
  • Governor Jim Florio speaking at A Midsummer's Night of Politics & Prose
  • Governor Jim Florio signs a copy of his book
  • Governor Florio meets Rowan students at A Midsummer's Night of Politics and Prose event
  • Audience member asks a question of Governor Jim Florio at A Midsummer's Night of Politics and Prose
  • Governor Florio meets President Ali Houshmand

Rowan Institute for Public Policy & Citizenship


RIPPAC Plans for a Social Distancing Summer

During these difficult and ever-changing times, RIPPAC is committed to providing all Rowan students with informative, instructive, and inspiring opportunities to learn.  We remain focused on practical skills that can be applied anywhere in politics, government, or issue advocacy.  


All Rowan students can come to our website for updates and information such as our growing 2020 Internship Guide.


To access additional program and resources, Rowan students should join RIPPAC.  It’s easy and free.  Just email Theresa Gauthier at


As a RIPPAC member, you gain exclusive access to our Blackboard site, where you can view:


  • Our 2-Step Networking Series – introductory interviews with and contact info for major political players, including:


  • Ross Dammer, Policy Director for NJ Assembly Republican Office
  • Kyle Melander ’14, District Manager for US  Cong. Brian Fitzpatrick (PA)
  • Dana Redd, former Mayor of Camden
  • Julie Roginsky, Democratic strategist & ex-Fox News personality
  • Amol Sinha, Executive Director of the NJ ACLU
  • Michael Van Wagner, SVP for Public Affairs, NJM Insurance Group
  • And several others


  • Skills Training Seminars
  • Building Your Brand
  • Identifying Fake News
  • Improving Your Resume
  • Phone Etiquette for Offices & Campaigns


And coming soon…

  • New Rules for your New Job,
  • Speechwriting,
  • Networking 101,
  • How to Work a Room
  • And more!


  • Class Lunch Meetings
  • Watch for your Doodle Poll email


  • Community Service Project
  • Our first project details are coming soon


  • Virtual Mid-Atlantic Political Intern Summit (Mapis2020).
  • For all college students, regardless of whether you are an intern this summer. Coming August 2020.


While we are looking forward to the time we can once more gather for RIPPAC’s signature speakers, networking events, leadership training and social programs, RIPPAC will continue to adapt to the “new normal” and deliver outstanding value for our students.


Once again, if you aren’t signed up as an Associate yet, do so today!  Just send an email to Theresa Gauthier at so you can access RIPPAC on Blackboard.









 RIPPAC's Response to the Coronavirus


Dear RIPPAC Associates and the Rowan student community,

We here at RIPPAC hope that this finds you healthy and doing everything you can to remain that way.  Please remember to always to err on the side of caution and limit your chances of exposure and of exposing others.

In this eventful time in our history, we want to assure you that you may continue to rely on RIPPAC for assistance in meeting your long-term goals.  We are hard at work changing our plans and procedures to adhere to local and state guidelines on social distancing.

You are our priority. That has not changed.

It is our goal to continue to assist Rowan students with résumés, internship placements, scholarship money for unpaid internships, and networking events.  

As we adapt to the current situation, we will rely heavily on technology to deliver this assistance as best we can. 

Please continue to check your email for updates as well as checking here for posted notices.

We ask for your patience as we tackle these new challenges.  If you have a specific question that hasn’t been addressed you may contact us at

Dr. Ben Dworkin

Theresa Gauthier

Stay safe, stay healthy, and remember that, as always, we’re in this together.  That is the very essence of “citizenship.”





RIPPAC had a busy year!

Have a look at what we've done.

RIPPAC Year in Review 2019




On the 232nd anniversary of New Jersey becoming a state (December 18, 1787), the students of RIPPAC released a holiday video message.

You can view it here.



About the Rowan Institute for Public Policy & Citizenship

The Rowan Institute for Public Policy & Citizenship (RIPPAC) is dedicated to informing, engaging, and training Rowan students, faculty, and the public on issues related to the practice of politics and citizen participation.  To accomplish this, the Institute hosts programs and guest speakers; supports students through academic and career development, internships and scholarships; and connects faculty and students from across the University with public entities to facilitate public policy research and discussion.

For more information and to support RIPPAC’s efforts and student intern scholarships, contact Dr. Ben Dworkin at or 856-256-5832.