During my time in Washington, D.C., I attended the PPIA Leadership Public Service Weekend sponsored by Carnegie Mellon University. It was an incredible experience and I feel very lucky that I was able to attend. Thank you to Deirdre Weaver and Stephany Triska for informing us about this wonderful program. I got to meet many other interns and learned more about possible graduate programs. Over the course of the conference we heard from graduate school admissions representatives from various universities and some wonderful speakers, including Professors from Carnegie Mellon and students who are now working at organizations like Pew.
We also had a competition where we were given the task of picking a policy related problem and proposing a solution using data and technology, in order to further smart city plans. Our group came up with a pitch to make data on the cost of health care services more accessible, and we won third place!
In terms of the internship, I got to attend an intern lecture series where Justice Ginsberg spoke. I felt very lucky to have gotten that experience. I was able to do some work for the Senate Judiciary Committee and attended a committee hearing. I also completed a policy project for Senator Feinstein’s office where I created a proposal for the Senator regarding data in energy and technology. Lastly, I attended a wonderful intern lunch with Senator Feinstein.
I feel so incredibly grateful to have gotten this opportunity and met so many great people as a result of this program. I was able to learn so much through this experience.
Thank you to the SMC Foundation, the Alumni Office, SMC professors and staff, and everyone else who helped make this possible! We so appreciate the work you do to make this unique and phenomenal program possible.