Summer of Service: Fatoumata Ouedrago '23

Summer of Service: Fatoumata Ouedrago '23
Summer of Service: Fatoumata Ouedrago '23

For more than 40 years, the Institute of Politics has provided support for rising sophomores, juniors and seniors to pursue a summer internship in public service.  The signature offerings of the IOP’s Summer of Service program engages more than 150 students with meaningful experiences in politics and public service.  From working for elected officials to non-profits, federal, state and local governments, activist groups and think tanks – IOP Summer of Service students immerse themselves in issues and policies for eight weeks as they explore opportunities and careers with public purpose.

Follow along on our social channels with #MyIOPSummer as we share some of the internship experiences in this cohort of students.

Fatoumata Ouedrago '23 reflects on her summer working with Neighborhood Defender Service, Detroit.

Why did you choose this internship?

I've always wanted to be a lawyer and to help underserved communities so the chance to work in a public defender's office was an incredible opportunity to explore potential career paths!

How has this internship experience shaped how you’re thinking about your future/career?

This internship has taught me a lot about what justice means and the different shapes it can take. There are so many different ways to fight for communities, and this internship has made me really excited to discover how best to serve the people I care about.