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Internship Experiences

Jarrius Adams

Jarrius Adams

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc.
Congressional Internship Program

Washington, DC

“I was assigned to the office of US Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.). My administrative duties included answering phones, opening/dating/coding/logging and distributing mail, running errands, purchasing supplies, escorting constituents on Capitol tours or to the House/Senate visitor’s gallery, pulling newspaper clips, copying material, filing co-sponsorships of bills and delivering notices to other offices.”

Levi Bevis

Levi Bevis

Senator Dianne Feinstein
Washington, DC

“As an intern, I was assigned to the education and housing legislative portfolios. I conducted research on related education and housing bills, attended a number of congressional briefings and hearings, and presented a policy project to staff where I wrote legislation protecting LGBTQ+ students and teachers.”

Sarah Croft

Sarah Croft

Media Research Center
Reston, Virginia

“I researched current and potential new donors’ giving capacities, donation histories, and contact information to facilitate relations and solicitations. I updated the online database and filing system. I completed comprehensive research on attendees of the MRC’s annual cruise and leadership retreats for staff to reference, as well as research for a large coalition project. Along with the other interns, I visited the Leadership Institute to hear from Morton Blackwell, visited Congressman Lamar Smith (TX) in his office to hear about the Media Fairness Caucus, toured Capitol Hill, heard from Donald Devine, and interacted with senior staff and L. Brent Bozell, III. I attended the Young America’s Foundation’s 40th National Conservative Student Conference in downtown DC.”

Savannah Day

Savannah Day

Office of Immigrant & Refugee Affairs
Albuquerque, New Mexico

“Over the five weeks I had the privilege of interning for the City of Albuquerque’s Office of Immigrant & Refugee Affairs, my mind was broadened to better understand the experience of often overlooked populations among us. I interacted with people from all over the world and learned more about what it looks like for a community to be truly supportive of these vulnerable populations with proper language accessibility, cultural appreciation, and equitable public services. I am excited to further my interests in immigration and foreign policy with this great new perspective of our brothers and sisters from around the globe!”

Wesley Craft

Wesley Craft

Delta Health Alliance
Leland, Mississippi

“I interned with Delta Health Alliance—a nonprofit that promotes healthy living and education in the Mississippi Delta—as an assistant sixth grade teacher in Leland at a summer enrichment camp. The experience was especially helpful for me because I’ve been accepted into Teach For America as a fulltime teacher. I loved my time in Leland, and I hope to work with Delta Health Alliance again!”

Sarah Doty

Sarah Doty

Domestic Policy Council
Washington, DC

“I was humbled to be selected to serve in the summer White House internship program under the Domestic Policy Council. The experience was truly once in a lifetime as I learned and served for three months in Washington, DC. This administration works so hard for the American people and I was amazed to see how dedicated everyone is to their jobs. I’m grateful to the Lott Institute for preparing me for such an amazing opportunity.”

Mitchell Palmertree

Mitchell Palmertree

Teaching Assistant
Sunflower County Freedom Project

Foxworth, Mississippi

“To say that my internship at Sunflower County Freedom Project was simply a learning experience is an understatement. The summer was an eye opening and absolutely transformative experience for me. I have long believed that one of the first steps to solving a problem was to have a working understanding of it—knowing how it occurs, who it affects, and the outcomes it brings. I knew the problem my work at Sunflower was addressing very intimately. I grew up and attended school in a town bordering the Mississippi Delta. I knew all too well that the problems that had affected my education were much worse for the children of Sunflower County. What I did not know was how to solve it.

“The Sunflower County Freedom Project taught me how education should be structured to help children grow. Often, we care far too much about the material being taught and not enough about the children learning it. At the SCFP, I learned how education should be devoted to building up the whole child, not just individual subjects. More importantly though, my service inspired me. Sunflower County Freedom Project was founded by a man who loved the community he served and saw a need that was unmet. As I worked with my students, so many of our interactions reminded me of my home and the need that was there. During my exit interview, I spoke with the director about how to bring such a bright glimmer of hope like the Freedom Project back to my home. I’ve always wanted to work to fix the problems that plague the state I call home, and now, thanks to the SCFP, I know where to start.”

Jack Furla

Jack Furla

US Representative Kevin Yoder’s Campaign
Kansas

“I served on the campaign leadership team for the Field Staff. My main responsibility for this internship was leading a group of 10 staffers in voter contact, primarily phone contact and canvassing neighborhoods. Toward the end of the summer, as the Primary Election neared, I was also part of a team responsible for personal yard sign distribution and installation of 4’x8’ campaign signs around the district along with leading my field staff team.”

Olivia Heuser

Olivia Heuser

Heritage Foundation
Washington, DC

“As part of my fall internship at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, DC, I worked closely with senior fellow Mike Gonzales to assist in research on identity politics in the US. I met some of the greatest political thinkers in DC and all over the world. 10/10 would def recommend taking a semester off and moving to DC.”

James Hirsch

James Hirsch

Federal Emergency Management Agency Youth Preparedness Council

“As a member and then co-chair of the Council, I individually presented preparedness information to more than 1,800 children in the span of two years. I worked with local, state, regional, and federal officials in order to implement and evaluate the efficacy of my project, and created materials to measure the impact of my project, seeing an average 11% increase in preparedness knowledge.”

Bobby Hudson

Bobby Hudson

Rep. Jeramey Anderson
Mississippi House of Representatives

“As a social media intern, I am responsible for coordinating and executing the campaign’s social media strategy, working across key social media channels to promote the campaign and Representative Anderson’s platform for the congressional race. Additionally, I assist staff by conducting legislative research, developing policy fact sheets, tracking federal legislation, and attending congressional hearings and briefings.”

Mallie Imbler

Mallie Imbler

White House
Washington, DC

“I participated in the White House Internship program in Washington, DC. I was placed in the Office of Presidential Personnel.”

Davis McCool

Davis McCool

NBC Meet the Press
Washington, DC

“I interned at Meet the Press with Chuck Todd on NBC. Located in the historic NBC Washington Studio, I spent most of the summer researching for future guests, preparing for each week’s show through editorial meetings with some of NBC’s best political minds including Chuck Todd, Andrea Mitchell, Katy Tur, and Hallie Jackson, and entertained some of the nation’s most high profile political stars, including Kellyanne Conway, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Bernie Sanders, and a slew of Senators and Congressmen. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I will surely not forget anytime soon.”

Atticus Nelson

Atticus Nelson

Meridian Freedom Project
Meridian, Mississippi

“I interned at the Meridian Freedom Project—an academic enrichment organization seeking to develop character and off set educational and racial disparities throughout the state of Mississippi. Daily I taught two rhetoric classes designed to strengthen the students’ speaking and critical thinking skills. Additionally, students were challenged outside the traditional confines of education. For example, I taught a chess course, a teambuilding course, and a sports fitness course. Towards the end of the summer, we took camping trips to Memphis and Starkville which exposed students to different people, places, and cultures. Both the students and I benefitted through experiential learning inside and outside the classroom and made unforgettable memories.”

Sienna Ottinger

Sienna Ottinger

Senator Marco Rubio
Orlando, FL

“My role in the office was to take constituent’s concerns and open a case for them. I would input their cases into our system and send them a Privacy Act Consent form, which is a required form that constituents fill out for us to pursue a case with a federal agency.

“This internship was a great opportunity. I met so many influential people and worked alongside people I never thought I would work with. I plan to intern for Senator Marco Rubio again, but in the DC office, which deals with all policy matters. Seeing both sides of what Senator Rubio deals with on a daily basis would benefit me in furthering my degree in public policy and getting a firsthand experience.”

Gabi Wells

Gabi Wells

Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship College Student Congress
Lexington, Kentucky & McLean Institute M Partner

Charleston, Mississippi

“I attended the Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship College Congress. Students from all states came together to work on a policy problem from the perspective of a specific ideology. We then traveled to Washington, DC, to present our policy findings.

“During the last half of the summer, I interned with the University of Mississippi McLean Institute for Public Service and Community Engagement through their M Partner Internship. I was partnered with the community of Charleston, Mississippi, and helped them with revitalization projects. Both experiences were amazing and taught me how to be an advocate through service.”