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Internship with The Center for Strategic and International Studies
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Katie Quinn

Paterno Fellow
Majors: Political Science and Economics
Hometown: Lake Ariel, PA

How did you learn about this opportunity?

I learned about this opportunity from a Penn State alumnus who completed an internship at this company the previous summer.

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

This summer I worked as a Research Intern for the CSIS Program on Crisis, Conflict, and Cooperation (C3). I spent the majority of my internship working on a project that documented a history of U.S. responses to international potential regime transitions in order to analyze the effects of past U.S. policy responses in these areas and make policy recommendations for future U.S. responses. This aspect of my internship greatly improved my research and citation skills.  My other responsibilities included planning and attendance of events. Interns at CSIS also had the opportunity to participate in a summer debate clinic hosted by Colonel William Taylor, a retired Director of Debate from West Point Military Academy.  Participation in this debate clinic taught me valuable listening, and critical thinking skills, and helped to improve my public speaking abilities under pressure.

“Working at CSIS and spending my summer in D.C. was an exciting experience that opened up many new horizons when thinking about my future.”

How did this experience impact you academically?

The internship provided many opportunities for clear and concise policy writing which was critiqued and reviewed by my peers.  Peer feedback and consistent writing practice greatly improved my writing abilities during my time at CSIS. This gave me the unique opportunity to gain experience in good research methods outside of the classroom and will greatly impact my future academic work as I prepare to write my thesis.

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

I am currently unsure of my future career plans. However, I gained an increased knowledge and interest in international politics working at CSIS. My experience opened up my mind to many possible career opportunities that I look forward to exploring more fully in the upcoming year.

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