Student Testimonials

Below is a sample of recent internship experiences that students have used to complement their academic study.

Connor Greenwood

Internship site: Senate Office of Rob Portman, Spring 2017

“Moving forward, this internship has helped provide me with a solidified idea of what type of skills I need to hold to excel in public service. These skills include flexibility, integrity, a strong sense of responsibility and dependability, time management and organization, proficient and succinct writing, and effective communication. I have already mentioned a few of these, but I cannot reiterate enough how important these qualities are in becoming a successful staffer, or even elected official someday. As a staffer/intern, you are trusted to always be representing the Senator. You must carefully choose wording and be sure not to misrepresent his beliefs or policies.”

Rachel LaPointe

Internship site: The Ohio State University Middle East Studies Center, Spring 2017

“In relation to my field of study, I am incredibly thrilled to have worked at the Middle East Studies Center. I am currently on a pre-law track and will hopefully specialize in immigration law as I get older. My hope is to assist in immigration reform and help refugees coming from the Middle East. I had this passion prior to my time at the center, but this commitment has only ever been deepened since the day I started. I feel so thankful to have gotten hands-on experience with research related to the Middle East and to have learned a great deal on the field I one-day hope to enter.”

Jamie Screen

Internship site: Signature Worldwide, Spring 2017

“I am very thankful that I had the chance to work with this company. I have come closer to finally deciding what I want to do after graduation thanks to this internship; I have realized that I really do enjoy learning about different countries and how foreign companies present themselves. I am now considering a career in international business. I am looking forward to seeing where the valuable skills I have learned throughout this internship will take me.”

Helina Solomon

Internship Site: Community Refugee and Immigration Services (CRIS), Autumn 2016

“The benefits of this internship program have been enormous. I had the opportunity to work with the most diverse group of people I've seen in a business environment during my time at CRIS (Community Refugee Immigration Services) - this was a blessing. I also had the opportunity to meet people from countries I didn't even know existed (Bhutan) and hear languages I had never heard of before, through working alongside social workers, many of whom had once been seeking refuge as well. As an immigrant, and the child of two Ethiopian immigrants, I saw with a new lens the process of arriving in the United States, and the impact policy has on the lives of ordinary people - for better or worse. I was able to use my background to translate for Amharic-speaking clients on occasion, and felt the rush of being able to use my heritage and bilingualism to help. I learned how to insert numeric values into computer systems in order to make a picture move on a website, wrote the monthly newsletter, and kept the public up to date on CRIS happenings through Facebook. These experiences influenced a side interest of mine in computer science.”

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