Alum Testimonial

Suzanne Youngblood, a recent graduate of the University of South Carolina and 2015 participant of the Institute on Business and Government Affairs (IBGA) program, is a true example of a DCinternships success story. She recently moved back to DC for a full time position with Gavel Resources, where she interned last summer. Suzanne was chosen to represent IBGA as the student speaker at graduation. We asked Suzanne a few questions about how her experience with TFAS impacted her senior year and deciding to come back to DC.SY 2

What was the best part of your internship?

The best part of my internship was developing one-on-one relationships with the partners and council advisors. Each individual encouraged and gave me advice beyond the realm of the office. They believed, supported and strengthened my desires to lead and make a difference.

What was the most important thing you took away from your internship?

The most important take away from my internship was the support and mentorship provided by Gavel Resources. Gavel Resources is the reason I came back to DC.

What was the most valuable piece of advice you learned while in DC?

If you can’t stop thinking about it, don’t stop working on it!

SY 4What was your favorite class? Most valuable thing you learned in class?

Economics of Regulation at George Mason University provided me with a true understanding into the nexus between the public and private sector. The class and my internship worked together to help me conceptualize the class lectures and apply it to real world experiences in my internship. I learned how to research efficiently, effectively and how to navigate the complicated legislative system on the Hill.

What was your favorite part of your summer with TFAS?

My favorite part of The Fund for American Studies was being able to connect and meet fellow TFAS students, alumni, staff, donors and board members. It is amazing to see all the individuals and components that helps make TFAS such an amazing program. I love staying involved with the organization and keeping up with all the friends I made over the summer.SY 3

How did TFAS help prepare you for your senior year and after college?

TFAS opened my eyes to the possibilities of my next steps in life. Rather than going straight into law school after graduation, I decided to move to DC to further build up the foundation of professional development that started in the program. TFAS and my mentors have been the moving force that reaffirmed my purpose in life to lead and have a life of service.

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