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Heather: Political Science

Heather Walker worked in Washington D.C. as part of the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division team. Read how she put her political science knowledge to the test.

What did you do during this experience?

I did a lot of demographic research for the section. I got to spend time looking at the electoral history of lots of different, primarily small towns, places to see if minority candidates were running and being successful. I also got to help with various investigations that the section was doing.

One of the coolest things that I did was monitor an election. We traveled out and took notes on what was happening in the election and wrote up reports that could be used in litigation later. I learned how to exist in a professional environment. I got to interact with some very intelligent people and learning how to present myself in those situations was so valuable. It helped me be more confident in my skills and education.

I really appreciated the focus on writing in Political Science. I did so much reading and writing and synthesizing in my internship. I wouldn't have been nearly as successful without that. Also the opportunity to TA and RA is what I think got me the internship to begin with. I really developed interpersonal skills. I also become a lot more familiar with Excel and the other software used in the office.

Me and another intern went to Supreme Court Oral Arguments at the suggestion of our supervisor. It was one of the coolest experiences of my life to see all nine Justices. We woke up at four in the morning and waited in line. When we came back, my mentor asked all about it.

Heather Walker in front of the Department of Justice building.