A junior majoring in Goverment with a Finanace minor, Will Shimer spent his summer as a National Security Institute Fellow interning with The Stimson Center.
Will states the National Security Institute is a MUST for any student interested in national security. The class (taught by Dr. Liz Grimm Arsenault) combines the academic instruction of a college class with exposure to the "real world" needed to be competitive in the work place. Included in the class are field trips to the Pentagon, CIA, and Department of Defense where students were able to pose questions to officials who work with security issues daily. Interning at The Stimson Center allowed Will to further his understanding of security issues by giving him a direct look at the application of policy. Will eventually turned his research for The Stimson Center into his own piece, "Mass Casual Attacks in India by Pakistani Groups."
New to an internship? Will suggests "chilling with your peeps": usually the senior staff members know people who can give you advice or help you get a job, and the younger staffers have just finished college and know issues facing recent grads in DC.