Throughout this summer, we will be spotlighting the summer experiences of our IOP students working in politics and public service through their internships across the country and globe.
The Director’s Internship program has been a signature of the Institute of Politics for nearly 25 years and each summer the IOP works with more than 150 government offices, non-profits, and news organizations to provide internships for students who are looking to pursue careers in politics and public service. The IOP also offers summer stipends for rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors accepting non- or low-paying summer internships in local, state, or federal government, public interest groups, non-governmental organizations, political organizations, and political campaigns.
This summer, as in years past, many of those students will be spending their summer working in civic mobilization - participating in organizations that are working to increase civic engagement and education.
Kyra March '22 is spending her summer interning at Black Voters Matter in Atlanta, GA.
What inspired you to choose this public service internship?
After attending Mayor Andrew Gillum's study groups, I became interested in politics, voter registration, and aiding communities on the local level. This interest and my passion for helping the Black community then led me to applying to be a Voter Registration Intern for Black Voters Matter.
What issues have you been focusing on in your internship?
One particular issue that I am focusing on in my internship is finding innovative ways to reach college students when it comes to voter engagement.
What are you most excited about working in public service and government?
I am most excited about actually going into communities and listening to what people have to say. Many times, people go into communities and try to take over. There is usually a disregard for what they actually want and need. I have had the chance to talk to many people, including children, who have told me their stories. Being able to listen and then help them in any way that we can has been the greatest part of working in public service.
What are you hoping to learn and to get out of your internship experience this summer?
I hope to gain a new understanding of organizing, amazing connections, and more knowledge on civic engagement, census work, and working at the local level.