As I approach the halfway point of my internship, I have continued to build upon my experiences in Washington D.C. Last week, I was able to attend a Center for American Progress event with Senator Corey Booker, where he was featured on a panel that discussed drug and criminal justice reform. Criminal justice reform is one of my main interests, and having the opportunity to see Senator Booker, a chief proponent of reform, speak about the subject was both interesting and inspiring. I was also able to meet up with a man who previously worked under Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, and who now is a nonprofit executive doing work in the higher education field, in order to ask for questions and advice based on his previous experiences. This was another exciting opportunity for me, as I walked away with some new perspectives and ideas for my goals upon graduation. During the past week, I also finished the first drafts of my research, which was circulated to member organizations ahead of an upcoming working group meeting. The opportunity to compile new research and learn how to effectively communicate the findings has been an extremely important experience for me, as it is work that I feel closely replicates the work that I will be taking part in upon graduation of which few college courses offer. Overall, the internship is continuing to be an invaluable experience, and I look forward to continuing to dive into my interests and taking advantage of what this city has to offer.
- Week #2 of PCAP Internship
- Calmer week