Bond University Student Learns About Campaign Management with the United Nations Foundation

The Washington Internship Institute program offers a once in a lifetime experience.

"I am currently interning at the United Nations Foundation, with the Nothing But Nets Campaign. My placement at the Foundation has given me so much insight into the day to day operations of campaign management. As the advocacy intern, I’ve had the opportunity to engage in outreach, learn about corporate sponsorship cultivation and lobby on Capitol Hill.

Whilst in Washington, I have had the opportunity to take two classes at the institute. The first class is based around professional development. This class has equipped me with skills to feel confident to enter the workforce by focusing on resume development, cover letter writing and interview skills – basically all of those things you need to learn to be able to secure a job, but are never quite taught at University. I have also undertaken studies in Global Women’s Leadership Development. This class really resonates with me, as a female entering the workforce. During class, we explored issues around gender inequality and assessed the current political, economic and social context of society. We were also prompted to create policy initiatives geared towards fostering effective female leadership.

Washington DC is a truly beautiful place, filled with exciting places and the brightest, perhaps busiest, people. It has been an absolute whirlwind and an experience that has taught me so much about myself and the world."

-Caroline Foley, Bond University, Spring 2016 Intern at the United Nations Foundation



Colby-Sawyer College Student is Inspired Daily at Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors

"My internship with TAPS, the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors has provided me with guidance and knowledge on so many different levels. TAPS offers compassionate care to all those grieving the death of a military loved one. Peer-based support; casework assistance; connections to grief and trauma resources; and retreats, camps, and national/regional survivor seminars. Every day in the office flies by and the warm, friendly, and welcoming atmosphere of everyone who works here is ever flowing. It is a beautiful feeling to be inspired daily.

When I am not in the office I love exploring the city. I created a list of the best places to read in Washington, D.C. and have been slowly checking each off my list. So far I have enjoyed reading in the Botanical Gardens the best. My favorite museum, which I strongly suggest visiting, is the Newseum. It has seven levels and you can easily lose yourself in all the information, pictures, and videos for a full day. 

What is great about Washington, D.C. is how accessible everything is. Most museums are free and have layers of history embedded in them. It is still so hard to grasp how much history has happened right where I am living. I enjoy going from museum to museum on the weekends. It is also nice food wise. Craving sushi? Burgers? It will be a simple metro or quick walk away. I am used to living in remote area where everything is a drive. I have really enjoyed bouncing around and doing as much as I can because of how simple it is."

-Bethany Guimond, Colby-Sawyer College, Spring 2016 Intern at Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors  


Bond University student gains insight into think tank world of policy and academia at Woodrow Wilson International Center For Scholars

"The WII program has facilitated an unparalleled adventure, filled with intellectual stimulation, networking opportunity and immersion into the DC culture. 

This semester I am interning at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The Wilson Center devotes itself to engaging intellectuals in thoughtful, productive and unexplored debate; therefore through the internship I have been given insight into the think tank world of policy and academia. As a research assistant, I work closely with two of the most incredible senior scholars, exploring the intersection between terrorist recruitment with 1st amendment rights and America’s trade agreements. Both topics have given me the unique opportunity to explore issues that braid together both of my areas of study: law and International Relations. As a non-partisan institute the Wilson Center has the ability to host a number of events per day, usually panel debates, informative lectures, or addresses by notable speakers. Having the opportunity to attend these events and listen to topics I would otherwise never have understood or explored, has been invaluable and is my favorite aspect of the internship. 

The classes I am undertaking at WII have been an instrumental part of the experience. The Internship Seminar is aimed at creating the professional you. This semester we have undertaken informational interviews, discussed current news and issues, and explored topics such as salary negotiation and professional social media. All of the assessment tasks and class engagements are equipping us with the necessary skills for ‘the real world’. The second class, International Foreign Policy Studies, combines a mixture of theoretical based discussion, improvised debates, National Security Council simulations, notable guest speakers and think tank visits. This unique approach to the course material is really effective and engaging, as it forces you to think about the issues through a number of interpretations and avenues. 

Each weekend I look forward to days filled with yoga, cafes, strolls through neighborhoods and markets - Union Market being a particular favorite - and of course the occasional tourist indulgence (I would feel almost guilty leaving the nation’s capital without making my way through the extensive list of monuments and ‘must sees’). In particular Georgetown, with its charisma and relaxed atmosphere, quickly secured a very deserving spot on my list of DC favorites - although I will concede, any place playing home to Chaia and Baked and Wired will by default have a spot on the list!"

Kathryn Randle, Bond University, Spring 2016 Intern at Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

SUNY Plattsburgh Student Gains Insight Into Various Careers in Business, Government and the Private Sector

"My passion for education has immersed me in the study of finance, economics, statistics, and domestic/public policy. While I am enthralled by my coursework, my mathematically oriented brain craves tangible and practical application of the theory that I study. Typically finance students pursue advanced education and careers in the business industry. This is certainly an option for me, however, I also want to broaden my scope on future career possibilities to include the field of public service that involves the formulation and implementation of governmental policy and/or law. Working at the CRFB allows me to step away from the relatively abstract theory taught in a classroom and position me directly into the real world where academic theory is put into action.

Spending a semester gaining practical and professional experience in Washington will also be extra-ordinarily beneficial to my personal development. Arguably, when one is as interested in economics, policy and law as I am, there is no better place for professional networking and opportunity than Washington, DC. Ultimately, this experience will give me a deeper insight into the world in which my passions lie and will help me to clarify the path that is best suited for my personal and professional future. This entire experience has already been life changing and is helping to clarify my post-graduation goals.

At work and in my WII seminars, I have met many interesting people who come from a range of academic/professional backgrounds. As a result, I have discovered an array of occupational possibilities in business, government, and in private sector for which a specific undergraduate preparation is not necessarily required - occupations that I could consider. Finally, I am learning how our laws drive our economy and our government and find this enthralling…I see myself returning to Washington someday to study." 

-Brin DaleyKeyser, State University of New York at Plattsburgh, Spring 2016 Intern at Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget