Katherine Alexandra Sims

Internship with the Jefferson Center
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Katherine Alexandra Sims

Major: International Politics; Economics
Minor: Security & Risk Analysis
Hometown: Oakland Park

How did you learn about this opportunity?

I learned about this opportunity through a student email.

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

During my internship I was responsible for assisting in the development of community engagement activities related to the deliberative democracy work of the Jefferson Center on climate, healthcare, and other issues. This internship consisted of research, outreach, event planning, and many other duties. I had the opportunity to assist and even start many of my own projects. The one I am most proud of is an application I created using Python, a programming language, to automate their participant selection process; thus turning about a three day process into something that takes about two minutes.

How did this experience impact you academically?

From the experiences and conversations I had this summer I have been able to make many decisions that will impact my future. For example, before I began this internship I was considering law school; because of this internship, I have decided not only do I wish to gain my J.D., but also my LL.M (Master of Law) degree. Further, it also expanded my own personal interest in programming because I was able to make use of it in a manner that was very helpful to the organization. This following semester, I now wish to take more courses for programming.

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

Spending the summer here has allowed me to build my network and possibly secure another internship for next summer.

After I finish my undergraduate degrees, I plan on attending law school. I would like to get my LL.M in National Security & U.S. Foreign Relations Law. I hope to be able to work for an NGO, helping people and eventually the U.S. federal government. Spending the summer here has allowed me to build my network and possibly secure another internship for next summer that will hopefully lead to a full time position.

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

I would absolutely recommend this experience. It was extremely enriching.

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