Sam Black

Intern Name: Sam Black 

Major: Political Science and Hispanic Studies  

Title/Place of Internship: Campaign Intern/Heather Edelson for MN State House

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

I knew Heather through different community-based organizations we had both volunteered for. After I heard she was running for state representative, I knew I wanted to help support her campaign!

What were your responsibilities at your internship/fellowship/etc.?

My main responsibilities revolved around outreach and community engagement. I did a lot of door-knocking and phone calling to help advocate for Heather and inform people about how easy it is to vote. I also got the opportunity to do research on local policy.

What was the most beneficial aspect of your experience?

The most beneficial aspect of my experience was probably getting to interact with my community in new ways. I was able to interact with people from all ages and backgrounds and learn more about why they voted the way they did. These experiences gave me a new perspective on the complexities of local politics.

What was the most surprising thing you experienced at your internship?

I was surprised at how willing people were to have difficult conversations with people they don't know. Knocking on strangers' doors led to some of the most informative conversations I've ever had. I learned that people admire passion, and everyone has a story to tell.

How can you apply what you experienced at your internship/fellowship/etc. in the future?

The timing of this internship was perfect in relation to my college career. Being able to think about my experiences on the campaign as I learned about politics in the classroom gave me a real-world application to the concepts. Going forward, I know the skills and knowledge I gained through my internship will be important tools that I can apply to any other future job.

What advice would you offer to future students interested in this experience?

I would advise people to not let lack of experience or perceived qualification deter them from applying for opportunities. At the start of the Summer, I constantly felt like the least qualified person in the room, but as my time progressed, I realized I brought an important perspective to the group.

(May 2019)