Written by Rachel Sullivan – Program Advisor, Institute on Business and Government Affairs
Other than driving through or stopping to get a bite to eat, Avery Jamison had never been in Washington, D.C. for an extended period of time. He knew that he wanted an exceptional internship the summer before his junior year at Elon University in North Carolina. That’s why he joined TFAS for a summer in the Institute on Business and Government Affairs:
“I was fascinated by their commitment to providing students with exceptional internships, networking events, and events that proved to be beneficial for me as a growing professional individual and as a millennial American. I wanted my first internship to be somewhere I can grow and learn as much as I can, and I was confident TFAS would provide that kind of experience for me, especially in Washington, D.C.”
Avery interned for the Toy Industry Association, where he was challenged on a day-to-day basis with interpreting toy regulations and standards. Over the course of the summer he wrote about 250 interpretations in a document about 150 pages long. He also attended Congressional hearings and lobbied with representatives from other toy and manufacturing companies.
Outside of work, Avery studied hard for his economics class and explored DC with friends. However, his favorite aspect of the summer was the multiple professional and networking opportunities provided by TFAS:
“I particularly enjoyed the Embassy of Australia briefing where I learned about our positive U.S.-Australia relations, what it’s like to visit and live in Australia, and, most importantly for me, what it takes to work at an Embassy and some of the day-to-day operations of that responsibility.”
Avery plans to receive a bachelor’s in International Studies (European concentration), with minors in French & Business Administration. He then plans to attend graduate school and eventually receive a Master’s in International Relations. But he doesn’t plan to stop there—he is even considering volunteering with the Peace Corps or Teach for America to explore the world and do volunteer work at the same time. His ambitious and ultimate life goal is to work and live in France, preferably at the U.S. Embassy, and receive a dual-citizenship there.
For more information on our program, please visit www.DCinternships.org