Intern name: Morgan Carlson
Major(s)/Minor(s): Political Science major and Peace Studies minor
Title/place of internship/fellowship, etc.: Development & Executive Associate at Jubilee USA Network
How did you find out about your internship/fellowship/etc.? I found my internship site through the Washington DC Summer Internship program. The Political Science department gives us ideas for which internship sites that have been good for interns in the past and ones that the DC program has worked with before.
What were your responsibilities at your internship/fellowship/etc.? I was in charge of a variety of tasks over the summer. I mainly dealt with donors and sending support letters to our partner congregations. I was also in charge of content generation for media and sending out a variety of letters/press releases to partners, Congress, and even the White House.
What was the most beneficial aspect of your experience? I think that the most beneficial aspect of my internship was that our supervisor really pushed us in our professional development. We were expected to generate a portfolio of our work, attend seminars, and regularly update our resumes.
What was the most surprising thing you experienced or learned during your internship/fellowship/etc.? I learned so much about the inner workings of the Hill. It is fast paced and never boring. In an instant we are expected to send hundreds of letters to high priority people based on what the news cycle said in the morning. I also learned a lot about the relationships built on the Hill. Everyone sees the partisanship of politics in the media, but no one realizes how much people across the aisle work with each other on a regular basis to pass legislation.
How can you apply what you experienced at your internship/fellowship/etc. in the future? I believe that all I have learned this summer has the potential to be applied in the future. Knowing how to monitor the news and respond in a quick and effective way will be an asset to any job. Working with donors has given me a deeper understanding of how to interact with people in supporting an organization. I also believe that the professional development that we have been doing this summer will help get a job in the future.
What advice would you offer to future students interested in this experience? I think that student believe that they have all the time in the world to get an internship. You apply for the Summer Leadership Fellows in the fall and then you don't think about getting an internship until the spring. DON'T DO THIS! Start looking and applying as early as you can. You will be the first the internship site looks at and it takes a lot of stress off of your shoulders. Waiting till the last minute to find an internship is the worst thing that you could do.