IOP To Hold 11th Annual Auction

Being surrounded by secret service agents, pacing the halls of the White House and shouting orders to lowly staffers has never been easier. Well, sort of--and for the right price.

At 7 p.m. tomorrow in the ARCO Forum of Public Affairs, the Institute of Politics will hold its 11th annual auction to benefit its Summer Internship Fund.

Items up for bid include a non-speaking, walk-on role in the season finale of the hit NBC drama "The West Wing," lunch with NBC anchor Tom Brokaw and dinner for two with the candidates before this fall's presidential debate at the John F. Kennedy Library.

Organizers expect 300 or 400 people to listen to jazz and participate in the silent auction, led by a professional auctioneer and by IOP Director Alan K. Simpson.

This year, for the second time, the Kennedy School of Government's office in Washington, D.C. will video conference their party in the nation's capital with the one in Cambridge, so another 100 people can participate.

The Kennedy School's Associate Director of Career Services Jennifer N. Armini said the money raised will support students who choose to spend their summers working for nonprofit or public organizations.

"It isn't a tool to convince people [to do public service], it's more about helping enable people," she said. "People feel good about this event."

Last year 52 students applied for money but only 28 received awards, so the fund hopes to improve on its earnings this year.