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 press & media - gaining experience in newsrooms and media organizations across the country.
JuHye Mun '22 is spending her summer interning with Trilogy Interactive in Berkeley, California.
What inspired you to choose this public service internship?
As the digital realm becomes increasingly integral to our everyday lives, I’m fascinated by how these new platforms shape the way we think -- and the way we vote. In recent years, access to social media and other channels of communication has broadened the national discourse, especially to the younger generation. I wanted to learn more about this intersection between technology and politics and its future.
What issues have you been focusing on in your internship?
Trilogy Interactive works on various progressive campaigns, and it’s been exciting to direct my personal passion for social issues such as immigration advocacy into tangible actions -- such as sending email blasts, working on a website, or drafting social posts -- that consistently reach hundreds of thousands of people. I also hope to focus on how technology in politics can reach and empower marginalized communities and younger voices.
What are you most excited about working in public service and government?
Throughout my internship, I’ve gotten to witness firsthand the impact that technology has in driving awareness, and the role that it plays in mobilizing people to take action. I’m excited to be a part of the behind-the-scenes strategy work that helps grassroots movements and progressive campaigns navigate the digital world. But mostly, I’m excited to see how I can use my interest in technology to create social change!
What have you learned from/gotten out of your internship experience this summer?
This summer, I’ve gained a lot of knowledge about the inner-workings of a campaign. I’ve been able to engage deeper with politics and explore the intersectionality of progressive issues, all while picking up some new technical and marketing skills! Looking forward, I want to push myself to become a better advocate for social issues that I care about in my everyday life, and to leverage technology to do the same in my future career.