A 2013 Government and French major, Danny Yates is one of four recipients of the W&M Washington Intern Fund. “The intern fund helped me a lot,” he says. “Washington, DC is an expensive city to have an internship.”
Danny’s one piece of advice for future W&M DC interns: “Jump on an offer – particularly in government and during sequestration. Many organizations spend a lot of money operating these internship programs and would prefer to hire their interns full-time.”
Dana Holmstrand, a 2015 Public Policy major, is one of four recipients of the W&M Washington Intern Fund and sees a future career within development and fundraising.
For college students who are entering summer internships that are low paying or unpaid positions Dana has advice. “Apply for every scholarship. You’ll be surprised with how many you are eligible for. The applicant pool becomes a lot more smaller because people rule themselves out because of they don't think their GPA is high enough or they don't have enough extracurricular involvement.”
A 2014 English Language and Literature major, Sarah Stubbs was exposed to the International Affairs field with the U.S. Embassy of Spain as a recipient of the W&M Washington Intern fund.
“My favorite aspect of the internship was translation. They would have me translate recommendation letters and academic transcripts, which would be challenging at times. To fully understand and transcripts we have to learn a lot about the Spanish education system – which is a lot different. I can see myself working in translation between the two languages.”
A 2014 grad, David Henry spent the summer of 2013 interning with the Energy and Climate Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace as a recipient of the W&M Washington Intern fund.