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Laura: American Studies

Laura completed an internship with the United States Capitol Historical Society as a Cokie Roberts Communication Intern. Here is what she has to say about this experience:

How did your internship align with your initial expectations?

I had a much more substantive internship experience than I was expecting. Instead of being treated like an 'intern', I was given specific, meaningful tasks that actually contributed to the organization and its growth. Most of the time in my internship was spent researching and writing, working with my supervisor to create content that was consistent with the Society's needs.

What day-to-day tasks were part of this experience?

Research, writing, editing drafts, compiling reports, answering phone calls

What would have better prepared you for this internship?

I wished that the internship office was more involved in helping me find an internship that was a good fit for me and was accepting applications. I spent the majority of my summer applying to internships that weren't a good fit for me because many of them were not accepting applications due to the pandemic or their expectations were higher than my qualifications.

Was this experience a confirmation that you are going in the right direction, or is it a pivot to something else?

Confirmation. This internship experience helped me to gain confidence in pursuing my interests in the professional arena. It helped me to realize that I'm more competent than I think I am, and that I am capable of going in the direction I want to go in.

Would you recommend this internship to other students?

Absolutely. My supervisor and the other full-time employees were extremely invested in my experience and helped me to have experiences catered to my interests and skills. Their willingness to involve me and work with me made my internship the enriching experience that it was. My workload was never heavy enough to be overwhelming, but it kept me busy and engaged.

Laura with her co-worker at the Utah State Capitol.