DISTRICTGPS’ popular “Where are they now” highlights former DC interns and how their internship experience paved the way for future success.
“Where is she Now” – An interview with,
Lauren Dickinson, IPJ ’11.
Q: What are you doing now?
A: I’m a researcher with the Almanac of American Politics, a biannual publication that includes profiles of every governor, member of Congress, and congressional district. During the first few months of working with the Almanac, I researched congressional candidates, interviewed them, and wrote new member profiles. I even had the opportunity to interview my congressman, Trey Radel, from Florida’s 19th District. I am also taking classes at GWU part-time for a master’s degree in media and public affairs.
Q: How did your DC internship prepare you for your current position?
A: As a student in the Institute on Political Journalism, I interned with kglobal, a public affairs firm. While there, I had the invaluable opportunity to work on several research projects with senior level staff.
Q: What impact did the program have on you personally?
A: The Institute on Political Journalism taught me how to balance work, school, and play in a fast-paced city like DC. The experience inspired me to move to DC after graduation, and many of my friends are those who I met during my summer here. The strong network of connections I made as an intern opened several doors during my job hunt, including the one that led to my current position.
Q: Where do you see yourself in five years?
A: Not sure! The wonderful thing about the communications field is that it can take you so many places. Perhaps the Hill, a public affairs firm, more academic research- only time will tell!
Q: What is the best experience you have had in DC so far?
A: I had the amazing opportunity not only to attend President Obama’s second inauguration last week, but to sit only seven rows away! I was in awe during the entire ceremony, and it was incredible to witness history happening just 100 feet in front of me.
Q: What advice do you have for future DC interns?
A: At your internships, say yes and be excited for every opportunity. If someone asks you to make copies, be the best and most positive copier they’ve ever seen. Your attitude will be appreciated, and remember, you have to show how you can handle the little things before they give you bigger responsibilities.
Write down everything that everyone says and save it. Advice is a thing of value.
Finally, be kind to everyone you meet. You never know when or where you’ll bump into them again.
Here are a few of Lauren’s new member profiles from the Almanac of American Politics; check them out!