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Foundation Fellow Jacqueline Van De Velde interning in Lyon

Internships give students hands-on experience and professional connections they can build on for years to come. As undergraduates, Fellows hold internship positions in for-profit, non-profit, academic, and governmental organizations throughout the U.S. and around the world. They gain valuable skills and test out possible career paths, often while earning credit toward graduation.

Jacqueline Van De Velde – INTERPOL, The Carter Center, Roosevelt Institute Campus Network, Human Rights League Slovakia, U.S. Department of State
In Lyon, France I worked within the Capacity Building and Training Directorate of INTERPOL, the international criminal police organization. I had sought out the internship to gain exposure to international organizations – to understand their mission, contribute to their work, and make connections from around the world. Being at INTERPOL was incredible. At a typical lunchroom table, you would be immersed in rapid conversations in French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, and English. I was inspired to see colleagues with different cultures, languages, and beliefs coming together each day to improve the lives of all global citizens. I now have an international network of foreign policy professionals and friends from around the globe.

The following fall, I interned at the Carter Center in Atlanta. I worked within the Conflict Resolution program to address inequities in access to justice in Liberia. I gained so much from my position working to train local paralegals to assist tribal chiefs and elders in conflict mediation while navigating both customary and formal law. The internship gave me a clearer understanding of the day-to-day work at a non-governmental organization, professional experience with West African issues, and an opportunity to connect law and policy (something I had previously done while interning with the Human Rights League in Bratislava, Slovakia, and with the State Department's Office of International Religious Freedom).

I also worked for the Roosevelt Institute, the nation’s oldest and largest student-run think tank, with over 100 clubs and 8,000 students at college campuses across the nation. I was hired by the national organization to serve on its staff as the Senior Fellow for Defense & Diplomacy. Through blogging, engaging with media, meeting with students across the network, and facilitating the creation of quality policy pieces, I worked to inject the informed millennial voice into politics and policy.

washington intern working at CAP

Kevin Sun Citigroup, New York
“During ten weeks as a summer analyst in Citigroup’s Sales & Trading division in New York, I spent time on different desks across product areas and functions, including structured rotations on convertible bond sales and trading, spot foreign exchange trading, and investment grade credit trading. Financial markets are exciting and dynamic, and I learned and absorbed a tremendous amount by being in the middle of it all at one of the largest, most global financial institutions in the world. The openness of the trading floor – you can see and hear everything going on as traders and salespeople react to the endless stream of information hitting their Bloombergs – makes it a unique environment, and the camaraderie on the floor made days fly by. At the end of the summer, I accepted an offer to return full-time (definitely not a bad way to start senior year).”

broadcast intern covering play-by-play for UGA basketball

Torre Lavelle – Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia serves at the forefront of the study, protection, and management of threatened species and habitats. Interning there for nine weeks provided a wonderful medium between my scientific curiosity and passion for environmental policy. My time as a conservation ecology research assistant was devoted to a variety of conservation-related activities in the field and in the computer lab, including assessing endangered landscapes, analyzing the biology of extinction, and identifying key conservation strategies for each unique ecosystem. Working under a Smithsonian National Zoo senior scientist and having constant interaction with the world’s leading cheetah and elephant specialists has furthered my goal of working at the intersection of human-wildlife conflict.

student intern in green building initiative

Eytan Palte Greater New York Hospital Association
My internship at GNYHA introduced me to the behind-the-scenes work of healthcare. I am working on initiatives aimed at implementing team-based and patient-centered care to improve quality of care and health outcomes, as well as strengthen the provider-patient relationship. As an aspiring physician, these public health projects have given me insight into the future of healthcare delivery, and I hope to incorporate these lessons and models into my future medical education and practice.

 

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