Editor's Note - This is the first in a series of "Summer Intern Chronicles" that Cape Cod Today will publish throughout the season. Many local college students undertake internship experiences during summer break. These internships can truly form a young person as a professional in their chosen career path. For many, the internship is their first work experience in the career they hope to pursue. These internship stories are intended to give the students an opportunity to share their experiences, showcase the work of their sponsoring organization and put in a plug for their college. The stories are written in the students' own words and published verbatim as submitted.
If your Cape & Islands or Plymouth organization hosts summer interns and you'd like them to participate, please email [email protected] and we will send you the project guidelines.
Summer Intern Chronicles
My name is Kate Blauer, and I am a Yarmouth Port resident and rising senior at Colby College in Waterville, ME. This summer, I am a legislative intern in Senator Julian Cyr’s office until the end of July when the State Legislature goes on recess. As a government/Russian language major at school, I was primarily interested in finding a summer internship that would give me real world experience related to my academic interests. So far, I have had a wonderful experience in Senator Cyr’s office learning the ropes of the legislative process at the state level. There is little college curriculum available that teaches what it is like to be in the state house during budget week while the senate debates the FY19 budget. State government is more fast-paced than I had anticipated, and I have been pleased to learn the high degree to which state legislators interact on a daily basis with their constituents.
I’ve been undergoing a trek between the Cape and Boston as opposed to living in the city for the duration of my internship. The commute is well-worth the work, however. I feel a sense of valuable contribution to a political office that I am deeply confident in. Some summer jobs are more fulfilling than others, and I can confidently say that the skills I am learning from my time on Beacon Hill will translate to decisions I make about my career after graduation.
If I could offer any one piece of advice to other college students seeking an internship, it would be to be persistent when pursuing a position about which you are passionate. Personally, I can be squeamish when it comes to reaching out to potential employers, but working through that anxiety and taking the initiative to make a phone call or send a confident email is always worth it.