Giselle Concepcion

League of Women Voters Pennsylvania
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Giselle Concepcion

Liberal Arts Major: Political Science
Minors: Women's Studies, Civic and Community Engagement
Hometown: Rutherford, New Jersey
Experience Time: Summer 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

Throughout the summer, I served as a Membership and Equity Fellow for the League of Women Voters Pennsylvania. I focused on building a pilot program for Universities in South East PA to offer voter registration and educational resources. I also edited the Equity page resources and built the Equity Initiative of the League; this initiative provides DEI resources and implementation information to local leagues to better equip them to advocate for underrepresented communities. Finally, I served on the by-laws committee, which helped me to expand my knowledge of the operational side of non-profits.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This experience has improved my writing, research, and communication skills. During my experience, I wrote many guides that local leagues would widely utilize. I also did enormous amounts of research into existing college civic action plans and DEI Policies. These experiences have made me a better and more consistent writer and communicator, serving me during my intensive writing courses as a political science major.

"Having experience with voting work and a national advocacy organization during the summer after my first year signals my tenacity and work ethic to future employers or admissions committees."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

As a Political Science major, I am currently exploring many career options, including law school, graduate school, government, and non-profit work. This experience has given me insight into the world of government, politics, and non-profit work. Learning skills that can be transferable to all fields in this fellowship has been highly beneficial to my future career goal. In addition to this, having experience with voting work and a national advocacy organization during the summer after my first year signals my tenacity and work ethic to future employers or admissions committees.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

The College of Liberal Arts allowed me to take on this opportunity as it was unpaid. The enrichment funding I received from the college allowed me to pick this educational experience over working a job for an hourly wage.

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