Written by Stacie Allen, Coordinator, Institute on Business and Government Affairs and Legal Studies Institute
Former DC Intern: Zena Aziz
DC Internship: Battelle Memorial Institute
University: Ohio State, May 2013
Major: Political Science
Minor: French and Economics
Hometown: Baghdad, Iraq and Hilliard, Ohio
Zena interned with Battelle Memorial Institute in the government affairs department during the summer of 2011. She was given a great deal of responsibility and learned the true importance of professionalism. When asked about the impact of her DC internship, Zena said:
“I was expected to perform at a higher level than the average college student. I produced relevant work that will prepare me for future professional endeavors. When people see that you spent a summer working in Washington, DC they are very impressed.”
Following her DC internship, Zena continued to expand her experience in the political arena. During the 2012 Presidential Race she had the opportunity to work with both Americans for Prosperity and Front Porch Strategies. After the election, her internship with Front Porch Strategies was extended. Zena is currently learning to reach voters through teleforums, robo calls, patch calls and many other emerging campaign techniques.
Upon graduation from college she plans to join the work force for a few years before applying to law school. Zena encourages future interns to take full advantage of everything DC has to offer and stated:
“Build professional relationships with mentors and professors; keep in touch because you may have the opportunity to use them as a reference or work with them in the future.”
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