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Ramsey Scholar Abigail Shell

Heather Huynh Google, Pittsburgh, PA (2015); Google, Mountain View, CA (2016)

My first summer with Google (a 12-week, paid internship) started in Mountain View, California at Google’s headquarters. After orientation week, I worked in TechStop in the Pittsburgh Office. We basically made sure all the engineers could continue to do their jobs even when their computers were not cooperating. The work environment at Google was amazing; I was always encouraged to try something new or pursue something that piqued my interest. I also got the chance to travel to Moriarty, New Mexico to visit Titan Aerospace and learn about their drone initiative. It was really interesting to see how different their IT infrastructure was from the infrastructure at other Google offices (since they are a company acquired by Google). I also learned about dealing with government data that can’t be stored on replicating servers.

Going into the internship, I wanted to get a good feel for the company and their values. Personally, I wanted to grow my skills, both IT and programming, as well as learn about the work structure within big companies. This experience helped solidify what I want to do in the future, and I’m looking forward to returning in summer 2016 to intern at Google headquarters.

Bailey Palmer Office of Arabian Peninsula Affairs, U.S. Department of State, Washington, DC; Al Qaeda in Yemen Team, American Enterprise Institute’s Critical Threat Project, Washington, DC

During the spring semester of 2016, I interned at the State Department at the Arabian Peninsula Desk through the UGA Washington Semester Program. The program provided housing and night classes in a great location in the heart of DC. WSP provided me with the perfect opportunity to explore the city as a local while also living with other UGA students. The classes were engaging, and the program director did a fantastic job of helping us meet established professionals with similar interests and create a network.

At my internship, I gained valuable experience and connections in the State Department and learned a lot. I worked most closely with the Yemen desk and became well versed in the political dynamics of region as well as the situation on the ground during the civil war. I wrote daily briefings, summarizing the night’s cables into digestible highlights, which is an incredibly important skill. I also worked on various other projects throughout the semester, usually preparing background and policy briefings for my supervisors. The hours were long and unpaid, but it was well worth it!

ramsey scholar interning in washington

2015 Internships & professional workshops

Melissa Cousins  Teaching Assistant, Intro to Jewelry & Metals, Cortona, Italy; Jewelry Intern, Aurum Studios, Athens, GA; ECU Material Topics Symposium, Greenville, NC; Enamelist Society Conference, Beverly, MA; Society of North American Goldsmiths Conference, Boston, MA

Shreya Ganeshan  Intern, U.S. Department of State, Washington, DC; Energy Intern, UGA Office of Sustainability, Athens, GA; Research Fellow, Carl Vinson Institute of Government, Athens, GA; National Collegiate Research Conference at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; EPA International Youth Environmental Symposium, Atlanta, GA

Emily Giambalvo  Intern, Associated Press, Paralympic Games, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Communications Intern, USA Track & Field, Indianapolis, IN; MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, Boston, MA

Heather Huynh  Information Technology Intern, Google, Mountainview, CA; Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing 2015, Houston, TX

Megan Murphy  Medical Intern, Friends for Asia, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Ray Paleg  Intern, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD; Urban Agriculture Intern, UGA Office of Sustainability, Athens, GA

Bailey Palmer  Intern, Office of Arabian Peninsula Affairs, U.S. Department of State, Washington, DC; Al Qaeda in Yemen Team, American Enterprise Institute’s Critical Threat Project, Washington, DC

Mihir Patel  Undergraduate Researcher, USDA Southeast Poultry Research Laboratory, Athens, GA

Vineet Raman  Summer Research Intern, National Institute of Epidemiology, Chennai, India



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