Q:Where are you from, and where are you located now?

A: I am originally from Noblesville Indiana, but am spending the semester in DC doing the O’Neill Washington Leadership Program.

Q: Can you tell our students a little bit about yourself? (Major, minors, career goals, why you chose your academic and career paths, hobbies, etc.)

A: I am a current junior studying nonprofit management and leadership with a minor in public policy studies. I am very passionate about affordable housing policy and homelessness, while in Bloomington enjoy volunteering at Friends Place the local homeless shelter. After graduating from undergrad, I would love to spend 2 years in the Peace Corps and then return to school or use the non-competitive eligibility status all returned volunteers receive and find work federally.

Q: Where are you interning? What led you to that organization?

A: In DC, I am interning at the Partnership for Public Service, a nonprofit nonpartisan organization that works to create a better government and stronger democracy. I work on the events team and help coordinate events for leaders with federal government leaders as well as students to promote public service and work in the federal government. I was attracted to the Partnership because of the emphasis they put on public servants and how important they are to the federal system.

Q: Tell us about your experience with WLP! (Your experience relocating, balancing classes and work, living in DC, etc.)

A: My involvement in WLP has provided me with enriching experiences across various dimensions. Relocating, managing academic commitments alongside professional engagements, and immersing myself in the vibrant atmosphere of Washington, DC, have broadened my horizons significantly. Engaging with my cohort has been amazing and we have had so much exploring the city together and immersing ourselves in the DC culture. The curriculum of the program has equipped us with skills to network effectively within the extensive IU alumni community in DC and has allowed us all the expand our professional network.

Q: What are the most important skills in your role and in your professional experience in WLP?

A: I learned very quickly how important basic soft skills are when it comes to making connections in DC. The ability to communicate effectively and embrace moments of discomfort has proven invaluable in making meaningful connections within this professional environment. Understanding the potential impact of every encounter underscores the importance of proactive networking—a skill that I’ve honed through engaging in coffee chats and various networking opportunities. At first, diving into WLP and doing an internship felt overwhelming. But as I got more involved, I gained a lot of confidence. These experiences not only made me better at what I do but also showed me how taking chances in the program can really change things for the better.

Q: How have your academic and leadership experiences at O’Neill helped prepare you for your current role?

A: Reflecting on my journey at O’Neill, both academically and in leadership roles, I’ve come to appreciate the preparation it has provided for my current endeavors. The school really focuses on giving students great opportunities and the faculty are always there to help you succeed. While the classroom experiences equipped me with analytical skills crucial for professional life, it’s been immensely gratifying to apply them in real-world scenarios, presenting an enriching learning curve. Moreover, the tailored curriculum of our WLP courses has proven instrumental in navigating life in DC.


Q: What advice do you have for students who are considering applying to WLP or working on the hill?

A: If you are even thinking of applying to WLP, just do it. When I applied, I was unsure if it was the path for me, but I applied because I had no idea what my future would hold. I can now confidently say that this opportunity has been amazing and is something that I would not be able to get anywhere else. The fact that we have this opportunity as O’Neill students is so cool, and I would encourage anyone remotely interested to apply and explore the opportunity.

Work Experience
Washington, D.C.
Policy, Service, Advocacy
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