This semester I have been interning at the Minnesota State Senate. It has been really interesting so far, and has really contributed to my college experience.
I think that one of the fantastic things about being at the University of Minnesota is having the Twin Cities advantage of being in a thriving metropolitan area. Because of this fact, I am able to spend my time both working and studying, and learning a lot in the process.
It’s been a cool experience to be in St. Paul and a part of the legislative session, and I have been able to use some of my skills that I have learned through both my political science and journalism classes to assist me at my internship.
One of the neat projects that I get to work on is compiling the newsletter and writing and brainstorming ideas for its content. This is fun, and it allows me to apply skills that I have learned through school in an enjoyable professional setting.
Internships are really important in preparing students for future careers. They not only give you valuable work experience, but you also are able to have real-world work experience to see if it’s even something you are interested in pursuing. I know that I have done internships throughout the summers, but I have been glad to have the option of interning during the semester as well.
I definitely encourage looking in to internships and considering them for your college experience. Having the option of many different internships close to campus has made all the difference for me!