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Internship with the Republican Party of Pennsylvania
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William Provost

Majors: Political Science and History

Hometown: Wallingford, PA

How did you learn about this opportunity?

I learned about this internship opportunity through talking to my Political Science Adviser one afternoon.

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

My experience was very good. I learned how the PA GOP operates regionally on a daily basis and was afforded the opportunity to create connections with people and organizations that will help me once I graduate and continue to move further along in my career. I was able to work under the regional field director who is in charge of 23 counties here in Pennsylvania, including Centre County. During my time as an intern, I was able to complete a variety of projects, including: voter contact, petition circulation, door to door survey opportunities, and researching potential candidates in upcoming elections.

How did the experience impact you academically?

This experience impacted me academically because instead of sitting in a lecture hall or seminar class I was able to get hands on experience and to develop my skills in the professional world.  I was also able to learn from a supervisor whose position is one that I could potentially see myself holding in the future. Finally, I was able to learn information that will be incredibly pertinent as I move forward in my career including, but not limited to, researching potential candidates and developing strong communication skills.

I learned how the PA GOP operates regionally on a daily basis and was afforded the opportunity to create connections with people and organizations that will help me once I graduate and continue to move further along in my career.

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

The career I see myself in ultimately is working as a lobbyist or owning my own lobbying firm. To secure this type of job there are many steps that need to be taken along the way including, of utmost importance, getting to Washington D.C. One of the best ways for me to open the door to Washington D.C. is to work for the Republican Party of Pennsylvania. This internship provided me with the opportunity to make connections within the Republican Party and will hopefully help me make it to Washington D.C.

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