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Penn State Washington Program / Interned at Citizens Against Government Waste
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Jessica Chesloski

Major: Political Science, Communication Arts and Sciences
Minor: Global Studies
Hometown: Pennsburg, PA

How did you learn about this opportunity?

I saw a flyer for the Penn State Washington Program, and I attended one of information sessions.

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

I interned at Citizens Against Government Waste, a non-profit organization that focuses on the elimination of wasteful government spending. My job entailed working on policy papers and collecting data for investigative studies. I also worked on their annual “Prime Cuts” report and produce an article for their monthly “WasteWatchers.” Besides my internship, I attended multiple networking events through which I got to meet tons of alumni in the area. I met alumni who previously interned in the city, and I got tips on what to do and not to do in the future. They also offered me advice on living and working in D.C.

"Thanks to this internship, I have already begun to build a network of Penn State students and alumni who can help me make the transition from student to professional."

How did this experience impact you academically?

This experience impacted me academically by confirming that I am on the right track with my majors. My political science background has helped me to better understand issues and topics that have come up in my internship. My Communication Arts and Sciences major helped me in meetings as well as with the writing aspect of my internship. This internship also helped me to develop a broad range of skills which will help when I return to my classes in the fall.

What are your career goals and plans?  How did this experience impact them?

I have always known I wanted to be in D.C. because I have been interested in politics ever since my AP government class in high school. This experience has allowed me to get my foot in the door and make connections. I also had the opportunity to get published and enhance my researching skills. I plan to return to the District of Columbia after I graduate. Thanks to this internship, I have already begun to build a network of Penn State students and alumni who can help me make the transition from student to professional.

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

Yes, I would completely recommend this program. The Penn State Washington Program helps you find an internship and provides you with housing with other Penn State students. Throughout the summer, there are numerous networking events with other Penn State alumni that you can attend. It is completely worth it if you are interested in possibly living in DC one day.

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