Internship Spotlight: Rebekah Choi

In order to learn about what our students think about their internships, we like to hear directly from them. Rebekah Choi, a student from Gordon College, is currently interning at TUSK Digital, a DC-based marketing firm.

Rebekah Choi digital advertising firm internship

Rebekah’s internship allows her to work in one of DC’s many coworking spaces.

I entered ASP as a senior (double-majoring in Sociology and Communication Arts at Gordon College) thinking that my marketing agency internship was well-aligned with the road I might consider taking after graduation. The one question I had coming in was whether I wanted to choose a career in academia (involving going to grad school to further my studies in Communication) or a career in more of an applied approach to my communications degree — which, I thought, was going to be marketing. But on our weekly field visits with my fellow Strategic Communication classmates, we met communication professionals in all different types of industries ranging from journalism at the Washington Post to nonprofit advocacy at the ONE Campaign.  These perspectives broadened my perception of the many different paths one can take as a communication major.

Furthermore, having the chance to intern for an entire semester, Monday through Thursday, has helped me realize that working at a marketing agency might actually not be my most preferred career path. The dilemma between grad school vs. marketing has been replaced by many more questions upon realizing that there are so many more options out there for a Sociology and Communication Arts double major! ASP provided rich opportunities and connections for me to learn more about how my studies might translate into a career and to further explore my interests and passions. I may be leaving with more questions than when I entered, but I am happy with them because I now know what to ask — questions such as:

  • How do I see my majors contributing to the kind of career I want — rather than wondering what sort of career my majors limit me to?
  • What type of work environment do I thrive best in, and what kind of work-life balance do I seek?
  • Who can I connect with to learn a realistic understanding of a career path I am interested in?
  • And, as always, how do I see it all contributing to the holistic narrative of shalom?

The experiential learning approach ASP has provided — living, working, walking, grocery shopping, breathing, and thriving in the fascinating and complex city of Washington D.C. — has been monumental to my undergraduate experience. Learn more about ASP if you’re looking to approach what you learn in the classroom  in a beautifully messy, nuanced real-world setting.

Internship Spotlight: Ellie Murphy

In order to learn about what our students think about their internships, we like to hear directly from them. Gabrielle Murphy, a student from Olivet Nazarene University, is currently interning on Capitol Hill in a Congresswoman’s office.

Ellie Headshot

Ellie’s office asked her to attend an event at the Supreme Court.

Where are you currently interning and what is the day to day like in the office?

I have the privilege of interning in the office of Congresswoman Jackie Walorski. Each day is different is the office, but it is always exciting! When Congress is in session, one can expect to go from briefings to collecting signatures from other Representatives to delivering paperwork to the cloakroom, or even sitting in on hearings for the Ways and Means Committee. When Congress is in recess, one can expect to be communicating with constituents and preforming policy research. 

What has surprised you about working on the Hill?

I was definitely not expecting such a sense of community on the Hill. Oftentimes, D.C. is depicted as overly competitive. But there is a feeling of inclusiveness within my office, and you feel as though you are a part of a little family. I learned quickly that the Hill is a very small place, and you will get to know many individuals from various sectors of the legislative branch during your time here. The Hill also has a strong Christian presence with plenty of Bible studies and briefings that tackle how faith and policy intersect. 

What would you want future ASP students to know before they arrive in D.C.?

Prior to coming to D.C., students should know they will be challenged professionally, spiritually, and emotionally. This time is unlike a typical college semester. You are learning firsthand what it means to live on your own, but with the benefits of being in a community. This will be the most transformative semester of your college career, and will help you to answer some of the deeper questions of your identity and vocational goals that are sure to surface. Develop meaningful relationships both at the Dellenback and at your internship, explore everything the city has to offer, and know that you are not here by accident!

Internship Spotlight II: Spring 2018

Sophia Jimenez, Azusa Pacific UniversitySophia Jimenez, internship

I am interning for Congresswoman Mimi Walters (CA-45). She is a rising political figure, and so it has been a great experience to be around the fast-paced environment of her office. During my time here, the Congresswoman has created an amendment to a bill (the Walters Amendment) that will help the victims of online sex trafficking receive restitution. The amendment has been applauded by human rights organizations for the protection that it will provide victims, namely young girls who have been manipulated into trafficking online. I am honored to be part of an office that pursues justice and prosecutes its offenders.

Interning on the Hill has allowed me to be in the middle of all the political action. As an intern, you are able to attend congressional briefings with some of the most influential senators and representatives. These experiences have helped me to stay in-the-know about the most pressing issues at home and abroad. I was surprised at the amount of access that an intern receives in the Capitol building and the House and Senate buildings. Interns are granted authorization into nearly every office, providing a direct connection to some of the most powerful offices in the country.


Kuriakos Pyros, Southeastern University

Kurk Pyros, internshipThe American Studies Program has provided an excellent opportunity for me to gain real world experience, and I’ve greatly enjoyed my time as the K-12 Education Intern at the Philanthropy Roundtable (TPR). As a non-profit advocacy organization, TPR helps philanthropists find productive and effective methods for educational improvement donations. I’ve completed research on over 100 donors in the philanthropic space to provide demographic and personal backgrounds. My research has been used in context of a national forum in Memphis, Tennessee where over 150 TPR members gathered to discuss the next steps in educational philanthropic giving.

Lessons that I’ve learned from these experiences are not only applicable in my future career, but also apply to my personal and relational development. Research has taught me to manage my time well and to develop an effective work ethic. I think I’ve learned a lot from simply being in the professional work space, which is something I couldn’t learn in a classroom. Workplace culture and interactions were a big learning curve for me in the beginning of the semester, and I’m grateful for the support from ASP and the feedback from my supervisors who have helped me grow as an intern and a person.


Cameron Walker, Olivet Nazarene UniversityCameron Walker, internship

During my time in DC with the American Studies Program, I have had the privilege of interning at the Washington National Cathedral, in the Department of Cathedral Programming. My time thus far has included planning special events for Black History Month, working with the Cathedral’s Veterans Ministry, and running a week-long series of programming that we call Seeing Deeper. In my work, I have also had the distinct honor of meeting renowned authors and speakers, including Brené Brown and Senator John Lewis. It has been both daunting and thrilling to work in a place that is known as a “Spiritual Home for the Nation,” especially as we planned a sold-out vigil the night before the “March for Our Lives” in Washington.

While I get to work in the sixth largest cathedral in the world, I am also proud to call the Cathedral my home church here in DC. Nothing has been more special than attending a noon service during my lunch break and then evensong every day after work. My supervisor recently reminded us in a staff meeting that the work we are doing is for the Kingdom of God, as every employee is helping the Cathedral family to work as the hands and feet of Jesus. As my time at the Cathedral becomes shorter and shorter, I am reminded of how blessed I have been to spend this semester working for this “House of Prayer for All People.”  I will be forever grateful for this experience, interning in one of the holiest places I have ever encountered.


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Internship Spotlight I: Spring 2018

Andrew Currier, Malone University

Andrew Currier, Habitat for HumanityI am interning at Habitat for Humanity International as a Global Advocacy Intern. The work I do revolves around advocacy on a global scale. We are working on guaranteeing land rights to people around the world who are in need of affordable housing. The first step in getting this housing is changing the policies and laws in place that prevent the poor— and specifically poor women— from accessing this basic right.

My office is great! We just had our annual Habitat on the Hill conference this past week, where we hosted Habitat for Humanity affiliates and state organizations from around the country to lobby for adequate housing funding and legislation. I met with Senator Rob Portman (Ohio) and Congressman Jim Jordan (OH-4). Supporting the staff in holding this conference helped to orient me in my new position and feel like an integral member of the office! I’ve learned how many different pieces actually go into housing legislation that will make decent housing for everyone a reality!


Erin Harrison, Southern Wesleyan University

Erin Harrison, Rep. Duncan

I have had the honor of interning with Congressman Jeff Duncan (SC-3). As a South Carolina native, the opportunity to intern on Capitol Hill with my local representative has given me firsthand insight into the legislative process. My responsibilities vary from answering phone calls, to offering Capitol tours, attending hearings and briefings, and even conducting research for legislative staffers. One of my fondest and greatest experiences so far has been attending the Air Force Readiness Posture hearing for the House Armed Services Committee. I was able to listen to some of the Air Force’s highest-ranking leaders as they discussed what has been or needs to be done to ensure that our military is ready and capable for any threat or obstacle. As a member of a military family, this opportunity was quite special for me.

Perhaps the greatest lesson that I have learned in this first month at work has been the lesson of the little things. As an intern, many tasks seem mundane and repetitive. But through my work, I have learned that exceeding expectations in these mundane and repetitive tasks is what makes the important tasks more exciting and also makes me stand out as an intern. A willingness to do well and follow directions in the small tasks proves to the office— and everyone else watching on the Hill— that I am serious about serving the residents of my home district and that I am not taking my time here for granted. I cannot wait to see what the rest of my internship holds!


Samuel Tsuma, Oral Roberts University

Samuel Tsuma, CAIR

This semester, I am interning with the Capitol Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) Coalition, a non-profit organization that provides support to immigrants who are detained and are in the process of the deportation hearings. Most of my day-to-day interaction is with the legal assistants in the Detained Adult Program (DAP), which is one of the two programs that CAIR runs to provide legal assistance to detainees held at detention centers in Maryland and Virginia. My other duties include helping the staff attorneys and legal assistants to meet their deadlines for filing at the immigration court.

I am excited to be interning at the CAIR Coalition because the staff is very welcoming and supportive, and they have invited me to take on more responsibilities as time progresses. My internship provides me with the opportunity to interact with real people who are seeking relief from deportation by applying for asylum. On a recent jail visit to the Howard County Detention Center, I had the privilege of interviewing some of the detainees as well as provide information from their attorneys as a volunteer. Unlike in the criminal court system, immigration detainees who are in deportation proceedings do not have the constitutional right to a public defender. Therefore, the CAIR Coalition plays a significant role in ensuring justice in the system by assisting the detainees in understanding their cases and so that they can better address the charges raised against them in court.


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Internship Spotlight II: Fall 2017

Dagoberto Acevedo, Bluefield College

Dagoberto Acevedo, Active Minds Conference

Dagoberto (right) with a fellow intern at the Active Minds National Conference.

I am interning at Active Minds, a non-profit organization that advocates for mental health awareness. I work in Speakers Bureau Department, where I assist with different outreach programs, construct a variety of visuals used by the organization, aid with any logistical work that is needed, and much more. The office environment is encouraging and welcoming, with many opportunities for the interns to interact with other department heads as well as with each other.  At my internship, I have been able to further enhance my professional skills while also gaining new ones. Besides the day-to-day office work, I have been able to represent Active Minds in Congressional briefings that revolve around mental health, participate in professional development workshops, write blogs for the website, and attend the Active Minds National Conference. I feel honored to have been given this experience, as it has pushed me to grow both professionally and spiritually. I️ have gained more appreciation for speaking for those who are too afraid to speak for themselves.


Teague Broquard, John Brown University

Teague Broquard, internship

Teague takes in a spectacular view of the city from the top of the U.S. Capitol dome.

During my semester at ASP, I have had the pleasure of interning for my U.S. Representative, Congressman Steve Womack (AR-3). As an intern on Capitol Hill, my duties vary from answering phone calls, leading Capitol tours, attending hearings and briefings, to decorating our office Christmas tree for the holiday season. I think the greatest lesson I’ve learned over the semester is the importance of listening well. When the Chief of Staff is giving me directions for a project, I need to be listening and be thinking of clarifying questions if necessary. This also carries over into answering phone calls. I’ve realized that many people just want to be heard, and when you can be that person that truly listens to their concerns, they are so thankful and you feel accomplished. I think my favorite memory from this internship was when I was able to join a VIP tour group to the top of the U.S. Capitol dome. The view was astounding and I could even see the Dellenback Center! I would encourage all future ASP students to definitely consider an internship on the Hill. It is rewarding, prestigious, and excellent training for your future professional life.


Matt Logan, John Brown University

Matt Logan, internship

Matt in the hearing room of the House Armed Services Committee.

I have the privilege of interning with the House Armed Services Committee (HASC). At HASC, I have primarily been tasked with conducting research pertaining to national defense and military policy. At times, I have been able to utilize the Library of Congress and have even had my findings used in committee meetings regarding the National Defense Authorization Act. I have also helped with hearings and briefings featuring high-ranking officials, including Secretary of Defense Mattis and King Abdullah II of Jordan. During my time with the committee, I have gained a truly unique understanding of foreign affairs, the purpose of government, and overall defense policy.

Prior to my internship, I was concerned that the polarization featured in the media would be prevalent here. I could not be more mistaken. HASC prides itself on its bipartisanship and willingness to cooperate across-the-aisle. This has been evident during my time this semester and has encouraged me to pursue good relations with everyone, even those with whom I disagree. For anyone that wants to get an inside look at Congress while working to promote national security, I would highly recommend an internship at HASC.


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Internship Spotlight I: Fall 2017

Rebekah Mauer, Whitworth University

Rebekah Mauer internship

With previous experience in a family law practice, Rebekah was looking forward to exploring a new legal field at the DOJ’s Criminal Division.

I am excited to be interning at the Department of Justice, specifically in the Human Rights Special Prosecution (HRSP) section of the Criminal Division. As an undergraduate student, most of my tasks are researching historical events (rather than law and statutes as a legal intern would). Nonetheless, this does not make my work any less interesting!

I was worried that my job would be like your stereotypical internship– fetching coffee and doing lunch runs– it has been anything but! My tasks have varied from sitting in the Library of Congress’ reading room to conducting in depth online searches, all of which aid in the prosecution of international human rights violations.

Day to day, I speak with attorneys, historians, librarians, linguists, and specialists in fields that I did not even know existed before I started at HRSP. I have been so blessed with this opportunity and would encourage any future ASP’ers to apply!


Shelby Baumgartner, Biola University

Shelby Baumgartner internship

Shelby at a rally organized by her internship site, the Feminist Majority Foundation.

This semester, I am interning with the Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF), an organization focused on advocating for the empowerment of women through research and activism. My specific departments at FMF are Policy Research and Development and our Feminist Campus program, but all the interns do a little bit of everything around the office. A typical day for me at FMF includes doing research, prepping tweets for the Feminist Campus twitter, writing news stories or blog posts for the various FMF platforms, and attending rallies throughout DC.

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I started my internship, but it has been such a growing experience for me. FMF is an intergenerational organization– our founder has been at the forefront of the women’s rights movement since the 1960’s and she works alongside women just out of college and with mothers of school-age children. Being in an environment where I am surrounded by so many women at different points in their careers has been a very formative experience for me. Every day is a reminder that it is okay to not know exactly where I am headed, that I am figuring it out as I go, and that I am fighting for the things I believe in the process.


Ian Snively, George Fox University

Ian Snively internship

Ian is able to combine both of his passions– political science and journalism– at the Heritage Foundation’s Daily Signal.

I am interning with the Daily Signal, the multimedia news arm of the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think-tank that produces and promotes research on key policy issues. My primary daily tasks are conducting interviews and writing articles on a variety of topics, from politics to natural disasters.

In my time with the Daily Signal, I’ve not only expanded my knowledge of current political issues, but I am also growing in my understanding of public policy from a conservative perspective. I am meeting and speaking with politicians, listening to lectures from policy analysts, and fine-tuning my skills in research and writing. There are so many great learning opportunities and resources you can obtain from working at a think-tank, and there are hundreds in the city from across the political spectrum.


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Internship Spotlight II: Spring 2017


Andrew Ramirez, Olivet Nazarene University

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Andrew is pursuing his passion for federal law enforcement with an internship at the U.S. Department of Treasury.

I have the honor of interning in the Office of Enterprise Business Solutions (EBS) at the U.S. Department of Treasury. This office deals with the creation of website products, development, and data analytics. Because of the sensitive nature of my work, I actually can’t share specific details about it with anyone outside of my department! But I can say this— I am learning how to balance a serious workload and how to perform under the pressure of the professional world. Two highlights of my internship have been: First, I get to regularly meet with high-ranking officials from all across the Treasury, including individuals in financial crimes and terrorism; I even met the Secretary of the Treasury and shook his hand! Second, as an intern at the Treasury Department, I have access to the Main Treasury building which means I get to walk the historic golden hall where Hamilton once walked (presumably) and I get to be surrounded everyday by the amazing history of our country at work. And if those weren’t enough, I also have access to the west side of the White House and can walk that side of the lawn in the morning before work!

Mariana Diaz, Fresno Pacific University

Mariana Diaz, NIF

Mariana (left) enjoys hands-on experience with immigration advocacy at the NIF.

This semester, I am interning at the National Immigration Forum. The Forum advocates for the value of immigrants and immigration to our nation. Their work is centered on immigration reform, integration and citizenship, and state and local developments. I specifically work with the Fields and Constituencies team, where we analyze how immigration is taking place around the country. For our weekly newsletters, I research stories of immigrants who are being affected by the recent executive orders. In addition, I am in charge of posting to the Twitter account of G92, an initiative to inform college-age students and young adults about immigration. I also attend meetings with our partners and briefings on the Hill. My tasks vary every day and I am always learning. I am very thankful for this experience and it has definitely reassured me that advocacy in immigration is a career I want to pursue.

Randy Lohman, Messiah College

Randy Lohman, Rep. Barletta's Office

Randy stands with his member, Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) in the Rayburn House Office Building.

I have the amazing opportunity of interning in the office of Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11). I am experiencing first-hand the daily operations of a Congressional office. On a regular basis, I work on projects for staff members, communicate with our constituents, and attend hearings—one I specifically enjoyed was a subcommittee hearing on religious liberty. I have also been trained to lead constituents on tours of the Capitol building. One time, during a tour, I was able to see Vice President Mike Pence walk through the Capitol on his way to a luncheon. Every day, I work with the staffers of Congressman Barletta’s office to help make the office operate smoothly so that we can best serve our constituents.

Internship Spotlight I: Spring 2017

Rolaine Castro, Fresno Pacific University


With a passion for civil rights, Rolaine feels right at home with her internship.

This semester, I am interning for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. Our office is a federal organization that is in charge of investigating civil rights issues. I work with civil rights analysts, and we are currently evaluating the effect that excessive municipal court fines and fees have on the poor and minority population. The office is also preparing for the big Statutory Enforcement Briefing that will take place in a few weeks; this is when the commissioners will evaluate the Department of Justice and their progress toward providing a remedy for the excessive fines and fees. I have always had an interest in our criminal justice system and a passion for civil rights issues, so getting to work in an office where both are the primary areas of focus is like a dream come true.

Carlye Poff, Wheaton College

I have the pleasure of interning this semester with Jubilee USA, an economic justice non-profit organization. Every morning, as I walk up the street to work, I get a full view of the Capitol building at the end of the street. The internship has been the perfect mix of faith-based non-profit work and politics. I am one of four interns in a small office of only three permanent staff members, so everyone knows everyone well.  It is a friendly environment where I am able to develop my professional skills while also getting to know people who have worked in the non-profit world for many years. So far, I have lobbied in the Senate buildings, researched advocacy issues, attended meetings with Jubilee’s partners, and participated in conference calls, and wrote/edited informational documents for Jubilee’s supporters.


Carlye’s office is located inside a Lutheran church on the famous East Capitol Street.

Rachel Pelletier, Malone University


Rachel (second from right) and the rest of the office interns stand with CNN Commentator Van Jones (third from right).

My internship with the office of Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) has been everything I had hoped it would be.  My responsibilities as an intern vary each week. I often interact with Ohio constituents in different ways, whether that means speaking to them over the phone regarding their concerns or guiding them around the Capitol Building for a tour. I’ve also attended Congressional briefings on topics ranging from child welfare to an Advancing Rare Disease Treatment/Health Care Reform briefing. One of my most memorable briefings was the Russian Intelligence Committee Hearing, which featured testimony by then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, then-CIA Director John Brennan, NSA Director Admiral Michael Rogers, and FBI Director James Comey. My office staff has made every effort to invest in each intern. We are encouraged and given opportunities that will enhance our experience and contribute to our professional development. Senator Brown has personally taken the time to meet and speak with us. Every Monday and Friday, our office sets up a lunch between one staff member and the interns, which allows us to get to know them and ask questions. I feel blessed to have been given this experience as it has pushed me to grow as an individual and a professional! An internship on the Hill, specifically within a Senate office, is worth considering!


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Internship Spotlight II: Spring 2016

Courtney Selle, Taylor University

Courtney Selle internshipI am currently interning with the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) Committee under the office of the chairman, Senator Lamar Alexander. In this internship, I am specifically working in the education office; however, I also assist with the other areas: health, labor and pensions, as well as work on tasks for the personal office. On a day-to-day basis, I will research the daily news on education and labor issues, attend professional development courses, take notes at a briefing, sit in on staff meetings, and take a few phone calls.

I took this internship without knowing the specific details of what I would be doing, but I can say that the internship definitely has helped prepare me for a future career in education policy. Not only am I learning a wealth of knowledge on education policy and how the policy process works, but I am also meeting highly connected people who have advocated on my behalf as I look to find a job after I graduate at the end of this program. Furthermore the office culture has been counter to what I expected. I was expecting a cutthroat office environment where you are constantly critiqued and people are stomping on their colleagues to get ahead — NOT TRUE! Don’t believe everything you see on T.V. Instead I am constantly thanked for the most menial tasks, even when I do them wrong, and people have been so willing to lend their help to others and myself. I have truly enjoyed my internship and am thankful for the opportunity. If there are any future ASPers who want to intern on the Hill but who are more interested in policy work than constituent work, I would recommend that that to try to intern for a committee!

Ashley Bloemhof, Dordt College

Ashley Bloemhof internshipAs an intern at the American Conservative, I recently had the opportunity to work as a credentialed media reporter at CPAC 2016, the largest Republican conference in the nation. Suits and stilettos crowded the Potomac Ballroom at the Gaylord National Harbor Hotel in Maryland, and though the organized chaos may have driven others mad, I could not have been happier to rub shoulders with exceptional writers and photographers. The experience opened my eyes to the daily routine of a journalist and furthered my understanding about what it means to write, and write well, to meet a deadline. Though thoroughly exhausted the week after, I feel incredibly blessed not only as a writer but as a believer as well. In the midst of an election season, it becomes all too easy to settle back into complacency and whine about the current state of our union. However, though the presentations of CPAC speakers and panelists undoubtedly contained rhetoric purposed solely to “rally the troops,” I truly do believe that there are honest, hardworking individuals in the legislature. I will not take for granted the lessons I learned this weekend and hope to continue building on them each and every day.

Internship Spotlight I: Spring 2016

Hannah Scheenstra, Vanguard University of Southern California

Hannah ScheenstraThis semester, I am interning on Capitol Hill with the House Armed Services Committee (HASC). I have the utmost respect for our men and women in uniform, and their willingness to make the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom has triggered my interest in military affairs. Having my brother in the military also opened my mind up to the life of a soldier and, therefore, encouraged me to pursue this opportunity to extend my knowledge on national security and defense issues.

Being the largest committee in the House of Representatives, HASC holds 63 members and an equally large staff. I get the opportunity to pick which issues interest me the most and reach out to the clerks or professional staff members to offer my help. Whether it be a hearing on emerging worldwide threats or just managing phones at the front desk, I continue to learn something new everyday. The work that I do in the office varies week to week. I assist with both full committee and subcommittee hearings, assist with briefings, and help with various projects related to the defense budget. Everyday I get to meet important military personnel and interact with multiple congressman and their staffers. At this point, I have lost track of how many different people I meet on a daily basis! Probably the coolest thing that has happened so far is seeing both the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of State.

Needless to say, I am immensely grateful that I have the privilege to intern with this committee, even if it is just for 4 months. I have learned so much and I have seen myself grow in more ways than one.

Patrick Hubbard, Taylor University

I am spending this semester interning for the Clapham Group, a creative consulting firm out in Virginia. This organization does work for a diverse array of clients, and I have been able to work on several projects aimed at connecting people of faith with organizations related to social justice. My first few weeks were spent doing research to develop a new nonprofit through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, one that would connect millennials of faith to international organizations doing ministry in the fields of development and public health. Through this project, I was given the opportunity to see what goes into the development of new organizations, and how international development must be approached from an organizational standpoint.

Another project in which I got to participate was focused on the racial and economic inequalities that affect educational opportunity across the United States. I attended a collective action meeting hosted by the Expectations Project (a D.C.-based education advocacy organization) and attended by representatives from the National Association of Evangelicals, Sojourners Magazine, World Vision, and the Center for Public Justice, among many others. At this convention, I was able to see power actually being exercised for positive change and was astounded that what I witnessed was actually something that could make a real difference in the lives of those who are discriminated against and unfairly disadvantaged. Through these two projects, I have learned much about the ways that Christians can utilize their social and political capital for good in the lives of others, both worldwide and domestically. I have been inspired by seeing strong Christians use their positions of power to effect real change and am thrilled that my own research and support can aid these efforts in some small way.