Internship Stories

Annika Winokur

Annika with students from the Copenhagen International School.When: Spring 2017
Where: Copenhagen International School, Copenhagen, Denmark
Major: Political Science

Annika spent Spring semester in Denmark working with elementary students in the Copenhagen International School. She provided day-to-day assistance to teachers in five different classes. This internship has been a homecoming of sorts for Annika; she attended the Copenhagen International School as a second-grader. During her internship, she was intrigued to discover what had changed and what remained the same. For example, the building was remodeled, but many of the teachers were the same. Annika even got to work with her former second grade teacher! Her favorite part of the position was interacting with the students. As a political science major, Annika found it interesting to learn how children in Denmark view the United States. A challenge in this internship was finding different strategies for students of varying ages. Fifth graders benefit from constructive feedback, while third graders often struggle to stay focused on their work, she learned. Annika is glad she chose to pursue an internship abroad, as it allowed her to study different cultures.

Meghan Barker

Meghan Barker spent her summer interning with The Wilderness Society in Washington, D.C., learning about environmental policies.When: Summer 2016
Where: The Wilderness Society, Washington, D.C.
Majors: Political Science, Environmental Studies

Over the summer, Meghan interned at The Wilderness Society in Washington, D.C. She attended Congressional hearings and learned about public land policies. One issue she worked on included the maintenance of national parks. This was interesting to Meghan because, the year prior, she had spent the summer of Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska. She had seen firsthand the impacts of this issue. Being able to examine environmental policies during both experiences helped Meghan understand them better. Washington, D.C. also gave her an alternative perspective from the one she had had while in Alaska. This new framework taught Meghan that it is important to have diverse experiences. Hers have continued to shape her understanding of the work that goes into preserving the environment. Meghan plans on using this knowledge to defend policies that protect public lands.

Anna Phearman

Anna Phearman at PACER Center for her Internship.When: Summer 2016
PACER Center, Bloomington, Minnesota

Political Science and Communications

Anna worked this summer at the PACER Center, a group who advocates for children with disabilities. She wrote articles that will be featured in PACER's bullying prevention materials, completed policy research on harassment laws nationwide, helped design bullying prevention videos, and learned how to redesign blogs. Anna saw the impact of her work through the PACER around the nation, especially with people with disabilities. She realized her passion for advocacy and how fulfilling nonprofit work can be. Anna is excited to say it opened her eyes to the vast world of the nonprofit industry and how valuable they can be for the world.

Alex Sekora 

Alex Sekora at his Summer InternshipWhen: Summer of 2017
Iowa State Capitol Building, Des Moines, Iowa
Management and Political Science

Alex began working as a communications intern in May of 2017 for the Iowa Senate Democratic Research staff. There he managed various Democratic senator’s Facebook pages and websites. He also recorded, edited, and produced videos for the senators’ social media. Included in his list of tasks was writing and editing press releases. Alex sharpened his writing skills, produced quality videos, and learned the importance of communications in the world of politics. He enjoyed the beautiful sights of the Iowa State Capitol and the chance to work with several state senators. Alex was able to gain firsthand knowledge and insight on politics. His experience and work at the capitol building helped Alex to reignite his passion and enjoyment of working in the political world.