Written by Jackie Rogers – Program Advisor, Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary Service
Last summer I was afforded the opportunity to spend 8 weeks in Washington, DC to participate in the Engalitcheff Institute on Comparative Political and Economic Systems program through The Fund for American Studies. I interned with the Washington Council of Lawyers, and my experience was everything I wanted in a summer internship. The organization works to ensure everyone, regardless of income, has greater access to our justice system. I was able to learn about the legal profession and public-interest law.
During my tenure at the Council, I had the opportunity to organize various events for the public-interest legal community. The Summer Forum was my last event with the organization and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was the keynote speaker. The opportunities provided will greatly benefit me in my future legal career. My favorite internship event from last summer was entitled “Supreme Court: View from the Press Gallery.” Top journalists from The New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, SCOTUSblog, National Law Journal, and Los Angeles Times—shared their insight on how they cover significant cases.
The Economic Problems and Public Policy Issues course at George Mason University greatly enhanced my view of economics. This class bridged my two favorite subject areas together in a tangible, challenging way. I thoroughly enjoyed each lecture and hearing from my peers with various point of views.
Before my summer with TFAS, I interned for U.S. Senator Ron Wyden. While I thoroughly enjoyed my internship, it lacked the unforgettable opportunities only TFAS can provide. During my TFAS summer, I was able to visit the State Department, the Federal Reserve, the Embassy of Greece, and the White House. I am so glad I came back to DC to serve as a Program Advisor. TFAS is an unparalleled program that not only provides students with an incredible internship tailored to their interests, but grants opportunities to fully absorb all of what DC has to offer. I am extremely grateful to this program for helping further my professional and personal growth.