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 is a current William & Mary law student who spent his summer as a legal intern at the Department of Justice (DOJ). “[The internship] opened my eyes to a lot within law enforcement – human trafficking, juvenile prostitution, defending government from civil duty – there’s a lot of opportunities out there.”
“During my time here I’ve seen a lot of people who could work in the private sector but instead they opt to work on the public service side out of some sort of civil obligation”
As a W&M undergraduate, Danny interned with the Board of Visitors in President Taylor Reveley’s office and assisted with the Hinche Scholars Project, which worked in conjunction with several displaced Haitian university students who were affected by the 2010 earthquake.
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.
“I like building relationships, meeting people, and pitching them to a cause or donation. Public service is something I definitely have been interested in for a very long time.”
This summer Dana is working for Emily’s List, a political action committee that recruits, trains, and supports pro-choice Democratic women candidates. She is working with the Majority Council and is active in the fundraising event planning process.
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.”
However, Sarah faced a common obstacle working for an international organization. “The biggest challenge was working in a different language. It was exciting because I saw myself improving everyday but it was frustrating at times.”
During the academic school year, Sarah is a writing consultant in the W&M Writing Resources Center in Swem Library. “I really love writing and what’s going on in the world. Someone still has to be write what is being said – whether it’s published on a computer screen, newspaper, or somewhere else.”
Sarah is a
member of the co-ed service fraternity, Alpha
Phi Omega, and plays on the Women’s Ultimate Frisbee