Sam Black

Intern name: Sam Black

Major(s)/Minor(s): Political Science and Hispanic Studies

Title/place of internship/fellowship, etc.: Presidential Transition Intern at the Partnership for Public Service's Center for Presidential Transition

How did you find out about your internship/fellowship/etc.? I had heard about some of the work they do while doing research for a Political Science class, and did a lot of research on how I could become a part of it.

What were your responsibilities at your internship/fellowship/etc.? My main responsibilities revolve around getting information from Senate committees and elected officials, compiling their advice, and creating guidelines for future administrations to refer to. Essentially, making sure the next administration can learn from this one's successes and failures.

What was the most beneficial aspect of your experience? The most beneficial aspect of my experience was getting a behind-the-scenes look at how the federal government operates. My intern cohort also all received really engaging and useful networking and professional development opportunities.

What was the most surprising thing you experienced or learned during your internship/fellowship/etc.? I was genuinely surprised to learn just how massive the federal government is. In each Presidency, there are over 4,000 appointments to be confirmed, 1,200 of which need Senate approval. I would've never guessed that there were so many people working for the federal government.

How can you apply what you experienced at your internship/fellowship/etc. in the future? Thanks to this internship, I'll have more perspective toward where my interests and skillset would best fit within the federal government, if that's the path I choose to go down.

What advice would you offer to future students interested in this experience? I would advise future students to get solid public service and community engagement experience, and spend time reflecting on why they want to work toward improving the federal government. If you can, volunteer for a campaign!