Where are or did you intern? Briefly, what does/did your internship entail? I interned at the National Republican Congressional Campaign Committee which is the
party organization in charge of getting Republicans elected to the House of Representatives.
In working for the NRCC, my main responsibility was keeping track of every check that
came in for the Battleground 2006 fundraiser that brought in over $1.5 million. And
of course, I got what every intern in DC receives: a doctorate in errand running,
copying, and shredding!
What aspects of your internship do/did you enjoy most? Find most challenging? I loved working right on the Hill and being right in the thick of one of the most
exciting midterm elections in recent history. I was able to rub elbows with congressional
leadership, high level staffers, and lobbyists who understand so much more about how
politics works in that town than you could learn in a book. The most challenging aspect
came after the Republicans lost the House for the first time since 1994 and the duty
of answering the main phone was charged to the interns. I was able to hear from many
people who were very displeased with our work, as well as some Democrats who called
How does/did your internship relate to what you have been studying at Illinois Wesleyan? At IWU I'm a political science major focusing on American politics so my internship
at the NRCC was right up my alley. Being able to be in DC allowed me to see everything
I've learned in class put into effect in the real world, and to see what actually
works and what doesn't.
Has your internship given you any insight into what you would like to do upon graduating
from Illinois Wesleyan? Going into my internship I believed I wanted to work on political campaigns after
graduation, and my time at the NRCC only strengthened that belief. Between the fast
pace and never knowing what will happen, campaigning is something that I am very excited
about pursuing after graduating.
What advice, if any, would you give to Political Science majors looking for, or even
just considering, an internship? My advice would be to get out to DC and intern with a group that you are passionate
about. There is no shortage of positions available for interns because everyone loves
free help. Make sure you really do enjoy the work the organization you intern for
does, because you will work long hours and come home exhausted, but at the end of
the day you will love every second of it.