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RepresentWomen

Communications Intern

January 2020 • Takoma Park, MD

What I liked

This internship gave me a lot of flexibility to be able to pursue my interests and engage with their research directly. I have been really involved with a specific project for the majority of my internship, which has allowed me to really dive into it! The workload is manageable (even with a 15 credit class schedule and other obligations) and everyone in the office is extremely accommodating.

What I wish was different

It took me a few weeks to find a project (besides social media, my most immediate responsibility, that I really wanted to get involved with. It might have been nice, given the relatively short duration of my internship, to be able to have jumped in on something earlier. But, having to sort of pick the project and figure out how I want to approach it has made it much more enjoyable to me.

Advice

You have to be a self-starter to really get into something. You also have to be able to advocate for your project and your vision of the project while being able to take criticism and adapt to the needs of the broader organization. Having said that, this internship has been a fantastic opportunity to do this and to engage directly with the work (ie you're not a coffee-runner!!)
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Intern

June - August 2019 • Takoma Park, MD

What I liked

I liked that I got to write about the issues RepresentWomen deals with, such as women's representation, electoral reforms, and how gender operates in politics. These are all topics that interest me and I love writing, so I really enjoyed the majority of the tasks I was given.

What I wish was different

I wish my time at RepresentWomen had been slightly more structured or my tasks had been a bit more evenly spread out because occasionally I didn't have enough to do. For example, I really enjoyed working on the book chapter at the end of August, but I wish I could have started earlier when I had less to do and spent more time on it overall.

Advice

Don't be afraid to ask how you can help. Cynthia has about a thousand projects and ideas floating around in her head, so if you know what you want to do, chances are she has some ideas for how to integrate that into RepresentWomen's work.
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