Internship with Hillary for America
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Crystal Yu

Major: Communication Arts & Sciences and Political Science
Hometown: Cupertino, California

How did you learn about this opportunity?

Schreyer Honors College sent an email about fellowships with the campaign through an email list-serv, which prompted me to apply.

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

As a fellow, I was in charge of volunteers by training them on phone banking, canvassing, and registering voters. From the information received by the volunteers, I entered data into the Democratic National Committee software about these voters. I helped organize and work the events for Chelsea Clinton, Al Franken, Gloria Steinem, Josh Gaad, Matt McGorry, and Tim Kaine. During Get Out the Vote, I had a leadership role at the staging location. I was in charge of all the turfs and precincts within State College that needed to be canvassed to ensure those voters would show up to their polling locations on Election Day.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This experience impacted my academics by allowing me to apply in class theories and lessons to a professional workplace environment. For instance, in my political science classes, we focused on political grassroots movements and organizations, which was essentially what the office was comprised of; we were organizing the local democrats in Centre County to be active in politics, not only at the national presidential level but also for congressmen and state representatives. With lessons learned in class, we could utilize those best measures and practices in the State College area to yield the best possible results for the volunteers and us.

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

Beyond campaigns, this experience has allowed me to have a deeper understanding and recognition of the force of politics in everyday life.

I envision a career in government and politics for myself, as well as attending law school. Part of this career goal was to work on campaigns and help with senate and presidential races. Through this campaign, I was able to cement the idea that I could work for campaigns, be effective, and thoroughly enjoy the work. After this experience, I have decided post-graduation that I will start with the 2018 senate races, hopefully as an organizer. Beyond campaigns, this experience has allowed me to have a deeper understanding and recognition of the force of politics in everyday life, pushing me to chase after my dreams of a government that can better serve the people of this nation.

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

Yes, especially for those who would like a hands-on experience in politics or anyone interested in a future in campaign work.

For more information on internships for Liberal Arts students, visit our website.

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