Makaela Turner

Intern name: Makaela Turner

Major(s)/Minor(s): Political Science Major and Global Business Leadership Minor

Title/place of internship/fellowship, etc.: Intern at the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute, Jackson Fellows

How did you find out about your internship/fellowship/etc.? Through past students.

What were your responsibilities at your internship/fellowship/etc.: Watch webcasts of Congressional hearings and provide written summaries to Government Affairs staff.
· Assist with tracking federal and state executive orders and legislation related to COVID-19.
· Assist with federal bill and executive order analysis and research.
· Support Government Affairs staff with preparations for Government Affairs events, calls, and working groups.
· Listen and provide written summaries of AHRI advocacy calls with Congressional offices and partner organizations.
· Draft articles for the AHRI’s weekly Policy update.
· Monitor and assist in the updating of the Policy section of the AHRI website and AHRI Connect working groups.

What was the most beneficial aspect of your experience? Learning how to work remotely and in a different environment. It taught me flexibility and professional responsibility and ways to connect with people through a virtual platform.

What was the most surprising thing you experienced or learned during your internship/fellowship/etc.? The lengthiness of implementation processes in politics and the level of cooperation across an industry that is required. 

How can you apply what you experienced at your internship/fellowship/etc. in the future? I can apply the analytical skills from reading bill text and technical skills in writing policy updates and congressional hearing summaries to any relevant career. The experiences connecting and working with various teams will be invaluable in the future.

What advice would you offer to future students interested in this experience? Personal growth is just as important as academic and professional goals. Take time and put in the effort to understand yourself and ways that you can apply what you've learned and experienced and how you can grow as a person.