This summer was a busy summer for me. Aside from proctoring practice tests at LogicPrep and working for Pace University, I also just wrapped up my second summer interning at Westchester County Office for Executive Rob Astorino, primarily working under his Chief of Staff, George Oros. I am anxiously looking forward to the start of the fall semester when I will start another internship at Senator Gillibrand's office in Manhattan. For the past two summers, I have learned how things work at the county level, and now I'll see a different side of government and gain new insight and perspective working at the state level.
I can’t stress how important it is to find internship opportunities and begin building your resume, no matter what age you are. Many students wait until their third or fourth year in college, but I began interning when I was in high school. Interning in high school allows you to be able to build a broader network and puts you at an advantage in the long run. Companies look for people who have had the most experience in the field, so when graduating college, these internships prove to be invaluable.
Internships, paid or not, are the best way to be able to gain hands-on experience. My upcoming internship with Senator Gillibrand will consist of me doing casework for the Department of Education and see cases from start to finish. Ultimately, I am looking to go into law and this will allow me to get a taste of working one-on-one with constituents and advocating on their behalf, which will be really good practice for the future.
So, if you find yourself with free time and are looking for something to do in the semesters ahead, I suggest finding an internship that suits your interests. Many high schools and colleges (and even LogicPrep!) have resources to help students find, apply and prepare for internships.
There's only one week of summer left, and I am counting down the days until I begin my next internship. Wish me luck!
-Lisdy C, Proctor