Tips for Future Fellows

Tips for Future Fellows

I can’t stress enough how important the people
are. I was blessed to have a group of four fellow
interns that made the day-to-day experience worth it. That means going to briefings on topics from
the coup in Turkey to mobile data security, and writing policy notes to send to my supervisor. That meant going to random Supreme Court visits
with my fellow interns, that one random quick bite to eat or that one person that I was
able to see over and over as I led a congressional tour. Those small interactions make a huge impact
on your day-to-day satisfaction with the job, and no matter what you do, that’s the important
thing. I really encourage anyone who has a chance
to step outside of their comfort zone, to try different things in other communities,
and do it through a very respectful and understanding perspective and a very humble perspective. I think the Haas Center encourages that, and
encourages you to look deeply about, OK are you doing something that’s sustainable or
are you doing something that is respecting the community and is it your place to be there. I really ask [inaudible] questions when you’re
doing service, and I think just the ability to have another experience in a culture that’s
not your own or a place that’s not your own is a valuable experience, and it shows you
a lot about who you are and the forces that shaped you before this. I think the most important part for me and
for anyone who’s interested in a Capital experience or any type of political internship is to
remember that, remember why you want to do it. And remember that it is a rite of passage,
just like, much like [inaudible]. If you have any interest in pursuing it, take
that next step and use the Haas Center as a resource. I think I was really apprehensive to go to
Nicaragua, just because of the climate and it was really out of my comfort zone, but
I learned so, so much from the summer. So I really encourage you if you’re at all
nervous about pushing your boundaries to just really take that step and go out of your comfort
zone because you can learn so much. If you’re a freshman — I was intimidated,
because the person before me, he did it right before his senior year, he was like getting
a minor in education, he had the computer science background, as well as, he did a great job. I think a big part of the internship or any SIG fellowship
really is just like putting a lot of effort in, being really respectful of those around
you, and putting in whatever preparation you can in the weeks beforehand. Like, what I did, I just went on the website
and I read a lot of the meeting memos. So my first day at work my boss was amazed
with like how prepared I was even though I didn’t really know a lot, but I just read
a lot of their meeting memos and I felt like I could hit the ground running because of
that. So, freshmen, I would recommend you not to be intimidated by whatever you think the internship is. If you’re passionate about it, go for it. And if you happen to get the internship just
prepare yourself in whatever way you can. Otherwise, don’t worry about it, just show
up on the first day with a positive attitude and be ready to work hard. I would just say, definitely whatever anyone
is paired, whatever organization your paired with, whatever fellowship you get and whatever
you do during the summer I definitely recommend like just putting your whole heart into it,
because I feel like what you get out of it is like what you put into it. So like if you dedicate your time and energy
and you really care about it it’ll be a really rewarding summer.

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