How I got this internship:
I am passionate about gun control, so I sought out a family friend who has connections to the coalition. From there, I met with some staffers and applied for the summer position.
What I do, day to day:
I conduct research on any number of things, such as recent shootings, county gun laws and the misleading propaganda of the National Rifle Association (NRA). I also provide written analysis of my research.
I had prior internships at Promontory Financial Group and in the office of Congressman [Chris] Van Hollen, both in Washington, D.C. I certainly hope to intern again next summer or even during the school year.
Most valuable part of this experience:
Gun violence is a true problem in this country, and it's the political topic that I am most passionate about, so it’s rewarding to me to work on this issue. I believe that the assistance I am providing leads to greater leaps for anti-gun groups and organizations, as they seek to ensure that gun violence is heavily curbed.
Advice for students considering internships:
The internship experience is very important, and it doesn't have to be something that you are in love with. Get out there and apply to an array of positions that seem appealing.
How this internship has helped me:
This internship is sharpening my research and analytical skills. It also forces me to be flexible with my writing style.
To continue work of this caliber. I want to live in Washington, D.C., and continue fighting what I believe is the good fight.
Published August 1, 2016