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Republican Committee of Chester County
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Erin Ahlefeld

Liberal Arts Major(s): English
Minor: Political Science
Hometown: West Chester, PA

How did you learn about this opportunity?

I knew about the organization from living in the area and decided to email someone from the website. He then got me in contact with the leader of the organization in my area who looked at my resume and offered me an internship.

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

This experience has helped me to learn more about current day politics. I have always been interested in politics and the history and thought that this would be a great opportunity to not only learn information about the subject but to experience it. I have been able to see politicians at work while running for certain positions and get a behind the scenes look at how these campaigns work. I also have been able to contribute to the process by updating spreadsheets on election results. Another thing that I have loved about this experience is that I can put my creative skills to work. I have been able to design and create invitations to go out to the county that are meant to be engaging and creative. This experience has allowed me to test many skills while learning a lot of new information.

How did this experience impact you academically?

I registered for one credit of the LA 495 internship course for this experience. This will allow me to take one less class during the fall semester. This internship has also given me real hands-on experience to complement the subjects I have learned in my classes. The positive experience I have had this summer has encouraged me to take more Political Science courses. While I only have a few classes left to complete my Political Science minor, I now plan on using my elective credits to learn even more in the field of politics.

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

My major is English and I plan to pursue a career path that allows me to write. I love all kinds of writing, creative, non-fiction, business writing, and journalism. Another interest of mine is politics. I hope to be able to blend these two interests together in a career in journalism. This internship experience confirmed my career goals and made me feel more comfortable in pursuing them.

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

I would definitely recommend this experience to any Liberal Arts student interested in politics with conservative views. I think that it is educational and something that can be enjoyed at the same time, which is exactly how an internship with an organization you believe in should be.

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