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 public service of all kinds - including non-profits, NGOs, and more.
Bracha Rosenberg '21 is spending her summer interning at The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy in Washington, D.C.
What inspired you to choose this public service internship?
As a student, it’s so easy to get caught up in a bubble of your own schoolwork and personal stresses and forget the bigger picture. I wanted to take a step back and give my time to an area that really needs proper attention, especially in this day and age. This internship allows me to contribute to a cause I believe in and that could create a better future for the world. As an added bonus, I have a chance to get a feel for work in the nonprofit sector which could ultimately be my own future.
What issue do you hope to focus on in your internship?
I will be studying the applications of psychology in the field of energy efficiency. For example, I will be contributing to a paper about behavioral interventions to encourage public transportation use. I will also be conducting a project to analyze podcast and radio transcripts to see how political bias may manifest in the discussion of energy efficiency in mainstream media.
What are you most excited about working in public service and government?
It sounds cliché, but honestly I’m excited to do even the tiniest bit of something that actually matters for the world. I’m also happy to be learning so much about the field, from both my research and my colleagues. And it’s amazing to have the opportunity to do all that while living in and exploring Washington DC!
What are you hoping to learn and to get out of your internship experience this summer?
I’m hoping to complete some concrete projects in the field, for the sake of both a personal sense of accomplishment and the improvement of my scientific research and writing skills. I’m also looking to get a better sense of what kind of career I could potentially be looking at once I finish school- in research, nonprofit work, or otherwise finding my own niche.