Wow, I can’t believe I have been with The Sentencing Project for almost two months. My time here so far has been extraordinary, and I have learned so much in the short amount of time I have been here.
While there have been some challenges and need for adjustment, I have thrived in this new setting. I have learned new skills and developed old skills because of the work I have been able to help with at TSP. Although, I have worked with groups and teams before I have a greater appreciation for the teamwork that is needed in the non-profit sector specifically for research. Working on publications and reports with my co-workers has been a highlight of my summer and has become a norm in my day to day. If there is one thing that I take away from this internship it will be how to edit reports and analyze and compile data. On some days it seems as though the data never ends! Doing this type of work has given me the opportunity to not only make connections with my fellow coworkers but has also allowed me to meet an abundance of amazing people from other organizations with the same or similar goals as TSP. Because of this my communication, adaptability, and teamwork skills have improved tenfold over the past two months. I have also been introduced to several new resources that have added to my technical skills.
I am fortunate to work with very accomplished members of this field and they have taught me indispensable lessons about leadership and what it means to work with the incarcerated population. They have been great leaders and have altered my own perception of what it means to be in a leadership position. Leadership is not just about giving orders but about working collaboratively with your team. I am thankful that my coworkers see me as a collaborative member of their team and have given me the opportunity to assist with such important work. During my internship, there have been times of uncertainty and ambiguity. This normally comes when I am assisting with publications and compiling data for reports. Because of this, I have learned valuable critical thinking skills and adaptability.
As always, I have had a great time outside of work as well. I had the privilege of attending a Nationals game with my coworkers where I was able to cheer on my home team! I was also very fortunate to be able to meet the man that made my internship possible. David C. Frederick was just as kind and generous in person as I imagined him to be. It was also great to spend time with my sister and best friend who were able to visit me during the last week of June. It was interesting to already feel like a local when I have been in DC for a short time and being able to show them my favorite spots was amazing. I’m so excited to see where the rest of my internship with The Sentencing Project will take me and what I will learn!