Service At All Levels: Rachel Reynolds '22

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 being of service in government at all levels - from state and local, to Congress, and the Executive Branch. 

Rachel Reynolds '22 is spending her summer interning in the office of Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy III.

What inspired you to choose this public service internship?

Having lived in Mississippi all my life, going to school in Massachusetts has been such a new experience for me. I chose this internship because I really wanted the opportunity to get to know my new home away from home and the people who live here even better through working in the Congressman’s office.

What issue do you hope to focus on in your internship?

I’m really hoping to get more experience working first-hand with constituents and the real problems that they come to our office with. I’ve especially enjoyed the work I’ve done helping constituents with social security and healthcare questions. Every case I work on feels important and like I’m making a real impact on the people we work with.

What are you most excited about working in public service and government?

Right now in my internship, I’m the lead on a new pilot program focused on getting our office more involved with community service on a regular basis. It’s been a great way to combine my time working with a government official and my love of serving my community together.

What are you hoping to learn and to get out of your internship experience this summer?

I’m really hoping to gain a deeper perspective on the everyday working of a government office beyond the more publicized parts we may see on the news. I’m also looking forward to spending more time exploring Boston with others who are here for the summer!