During the last semester of senior year, I decided to hold off on applying for jobs until I moved to DC. I had interned for a political action committee and the U.S. Senate, but I wasn’t sure if that aspect of politics was the right career path for me. I joined the Partnership for Public Service in September as a fellow on the Government Transformation team and in October I was hired as a Program Associate with the Center for Government Leadership, working to strengthen federal leadership. The Partnership works to revitalize our federal government by inspiring a new generation to serve and by transforming the way government works.
I knew that I wanted to move to DC ever since my Washington Semester at American University. Transforming Communities, a public policy program that addresses the factors that make a community healthy, and how forces at the local, state, and national level are used to create and strengthen community, taught me the importance of grassroots movements and opened my eyes to the importance of good leadership. Because of that amazing semester in DC I returned for two summers and senior fall. I became familiar with the city and gained valuable networking contacts which in effect helped me land my internship and job.