Final Frederick Blog Post

My internship with the Sierra Club as a political intern has not had an official end, as I’m still volunteering with the political campaign I was working with, and will be with them until the election. I figured now is a good time as any to reflect on my internship experience. Having this experience over…

Being a Helper and Other Lessons from Summer 2020

Given the general craziness that is the world situation right now, and the multiple plan changes that had to take place this summer before I was able to obtain an internship, the summer turned out to be an incredible experience. I think that, as is often the case, we end up learning the most in…

Learning Virtual Soft Skills in COVID America

Working at any level of government requires a wide variety of soft-skills that are never taught in a classroom and have to be learned from interacting with people by working to solve problems to reach goals effectively. My internship with the Urban Redevelopment Authority this summer has been no exception. However, the virtual nature of…

Learning New Skills

I want to start by saying my internship start and end dates are a little later than everyone else’s, so I apologize for the late posts! I am still interning with the Sierra Club and working with one of their endorsed campaigns, and it has taught me a lot about being a better leader and…

Goodbye, But Not For Good

Today marks the end of my summer internship, generously funded by the David C. Frederick Public Service Internship Award. In our final meeting, us interns were asked to reflect on our experience at the International Rescue Committee (IRC), a prominent refugee resettlement agency. “I never knew that this was a career path,” I said. “But…

“Take it Easy” & Other Valuable Lessons

Take it Easy & Avoid Perfection The United States is in the middle of a global pandemic, everyone is stressed, and no one knows exactly what to do. Of all the things I took from my internship from the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, one of the most important things I will take away is…

From Restaurants to Campaigns

My internship is a political internship with the Sierra Club. For this internship they placed me with a political campaign in Pennsylvania, and I work with Danielle Friel Otten’s state house campaign in Chester County. I did not expect to have an internship in a political environment, so it has taken some adjustment. My job…

Key Takeaways from PRYSE Academy

I can’t believe PRYSE Academy is already over; it went by so fast! I loved meeting and getting to know the students at PRYSE Academy. Their personalities shined through their energy during games in class, creative answers to opening circle questions, drawings that answered questions, and their goals for the future.  This internship had many key…

Flexibility + GIS

Flexibility and other Soft Skills Flexibility. It’s something we’ve all–to varying degrees–had to embrace over the last few months. Starting in March, I knew that finding a suitable internship would be difficult, and by April, I conceded that I probably wouldn’t be doing quite the work I had expected in Summer 2020. But, now coming…