November 15, 2016 - 6:30 PM

Internship Panel

by Charlie Kovach

GU Politics was joined by eight undergraduate student panelists to talk about what it’s really like to have an internship in politics and public service. Our student panelists included:

  1. Jose Altamirano – Communications Intern for the DNC, White House OMB Intern, Congressional Intern in the Office of Senator Kay Hagan
  2. Kenneth Armstrong – Finance Fellow for the Kamala Harris Campaign, District Office Intern for Representative Grace F. Napolitano
  3. Alex Bobroske – Finance Intern for the RNC, Defense Intern for American Action Forum, Nation Co-Chair of Students for Carly, State Affairs Associate, Americans for Tax Reform
  4. Joe Cifrino – Intern Analyst at Hilltop Public Solutions, Congressional Intern in the Office of Joseph Kennedy III
  5. Sam Granville – Congressional Intern in the Office of John Boehner, Congressional Intern in the Office of Ken Calvert, Intern for Fox News
  6. Richie Mullaney – Intern in the Digital Department of Romney 2012, Congressional Intern in the Office of Paul D. Ryan
  7. Jessica Scoratow – White House Intern for White House Advisor on Violence Against Women in the Office of the Vice President, Intern for the Department of Justice in the Office on Violence Against Women
  8. Kate Sullivan – Intern for the Director of the White House United State of Women Summit, Congressional Intern in the office of John D. Dingell, Intern for CNN at RNC/DNC,

In a discussion moderated by a GU Politics SAB member, our student panelists answered questions about everything from scheduling an internship to proper attire.

When asked, “What or who was your best resource for finding an internship?” the panelists largely agreed that it’s important to utilize university resources, and to keep in touch with contacts from previous internship experiences.

Attending students also asked our panelists a series of questions, like “How do you balance your schedule between classes and interning?” Panelists stressed the importance of putting academics first, and remembering to take time for oneself.

Our panelists all agreed that while interning isn’t always glamorous (one panelist noted that “you should never be afraid to be the intern who makes coffee”), it is incredibly rewarding, enlightening, and entertaining.

Thank you to everyone who joined us at this event, and to all our student panelists for their time and sage advice. Keep an eye out for more events in the future!

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