Intern Name: Pete Johnson
Major(s): Political Science
Name of Organization: Lindmark Fellow
How did you find out about the Lindmark Fellow program and what was the application process?
I first heard of the Lindmark Fellowship as I was working a summer internship as a Student Coordinator in the office of Experiential Learning and Community Engagement (now XPD Office). I gained helpful insight from previous Fellows and those who were associated with the Fellowship and decided it was something I would love to participate in if given the opportunity.
What were your responsibilities at your internship/fellowship/etc.?
The responsibilities of a Lindmark Fellow is to complete a research project on Business Ethics over the course of a 10 week-long summer Fellowship. Writing my research project on the Ethics of corporations in relation to campaign finance, my responsibilities revolved around the careful research of corporate campaign finance law, previous Supreme Court cases and corporate ethics.
What was the most beneficial aspect of your experience?
The most beneficial aspect of being a Lindmark Fellow was being given the opportunity to expand my abilities to conduct research and structure a long, important project. Over a 10 week period, one's ability to outline their project and meet their deadlines becomes increasingly important. Having 10 weeks to work full time on such a large research paper solidified my abilities to tackle large projects and increased my confidence for future projects I may have.
What was the most surprising thing you experienced or learned during your internship/fellowship/etc.?
The most surprising thing I learned during the Lindmark Fellowship was the challenges that one faces when they are tasked with the responsibility to complete such a research project entirely on their own. As college students, we often believe that such a job seems too good to be true; in which there is no boss constantly pushing you to complete your tasks on time. While this type of independent work certainly has its benefits, the reality is that this type of responsibility brings a unique challenge one must overcome in battling their own procrastination and personal distractions.
How can you apply what you experienced at your internship/fellowship/etc. in the future?
The skills I have learned through my expereinece as a Lindmark Fellow will undoubtedly benefit me in my future career and in accomplishing large projects I may take on. In both the professional and personal realm, the Lindmark Fellowship has taught me how to conduct thourough research and structure my tasks to meet deadlines when they are required.
What advice would you offer to future students interested in this experience?
I would advise future students to examine their own personal work ethic and consider which type of working environment they function best, and which areas they may need to improve on. This Fellowship is unique in relation to other student work opportunities and relies greatly on the ability of the student to function well independently. Understandnig the requirements of this Fellowship and the type of work environment which a student desires most is the perfect place to start in considering the Lindmark Fellowship.