My Experience Interning for Congressman Robert Dold in the Summer of 2015

My name is Martin Lopez and I am a junior here at the Ohio State University and a political science student. I used my STEP experience at an internship at Illinois (IL-10) Congressman Robert Dold’s district office in Lincolnshire, Illinois last summer. At my internship, I performed a variety of tasks. I helped to plan and staff town halls, job fairs, and job workshops. I helped coordinate these events with and promote them to local, county, and village governments and citizens in the community. I produced a comprehensive directory of village hall, police department, library, and park district contacts for the 10th district and the surrounding area. I wrote letters of commendation for distinguished individuals, handled some reception duties, and helped to clean up the office’s information databases. I also researched events in the community that Congressman Dold could go to and he even attended some of the ones that I suggested. I helped to lay the groundwork for a future high-school entrepreneurship competition by networking with local entrepreneurs and educators.

The experience made me want to continue to work in politics and government. I’ve worked with Congressman Robert Dold for three years and this summer was no exception to what I’ve found in working for him. He is a dedicated public servant committed to helping his constituents and to putting country before party or self-interest. His staff follow this as well. I always saw our staff working to help people who were in desperate need of work or people who needed help in getting endangered relatives across the globe to the U.S. Nonpartisanship and dedication to public service were also instilled in those of us who worked at the office.

I learned that politics is not always as nasty as it can sometimes seem and that I can have a positive impact on other people and apply my skills in political science if I choose to pursue a career in government. Even in the midst of a heated election cycle, the experience has me proud to work for him and make me feel like I have a good, virtuous home in politics and it has transformed my expectations of what I can accomplish and how I can help people through my work.

What helped me to experience this transformation is that I gained career and public policy experience for my political science major working at my congressman’s district office at home. I learned just how much representatives and governmental offices have to interact with other governmental agencies on a daily, if not hourly basis. While I had some idea that congressmen and women had to work with government agencies like Social Security and the State Department on behalf of their constituents, I didn’t know how involved a congressional office has to get in pushing forward cases, resolving backlogs, and in mediating disputes.

The main skill that I improved upon was my networking ability. A congressional office is constantly working as a networking office connecting village, state, and federal government resources with community leaders and normal residents. I helped to do this in planning job fairs, contacting village town halls and police departments, and in meeting with business leaders.

I also saw how much specific issues I encountered at a local level can become pertinent issues nationally. When I met or spoke over the phone with employers, business people, and regular constituents, I consistently heard about trade and the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement–only to see it become a major campaign issue later on. To me, this was an example of how I could make a difference in my area. I was one of several individuals in the office who took constituent feedback, and it is easy for me to see now how the public outreach and policy recommendations that I might do at a local district office or think tank will have an impact in the world, and even on people I know.

As I mentioned earlier, the internship helped me to solidify my plans and interests to work in politics and government. In turn, I have become even more engrossed in my political science courses for my major here at Ohio State. The internship has really helped me to manage my club here on campus, the Alexander Hamilton Society. Hustling and scrambling to contact villages to round up attendees for our events has taught me how to do the same thing for the Hamilton Society’s public events, discussions, and debates. I was directly able to build off of the momentum we achieved at Congressman Dold’s office in drawing large crowds to town halls and job fairs to bring in a crowd of over 240 for the Hamilton Society’s first event in September. Witnessing the civility and the depth of Congressman Dold’s discourse at such events also inspired me to try and conduct myself in a similar manner and to continue to do with the Society.

The summer interns got a group photo with Congressman Dold.

The summer interns got a group photo with Congressman Dold.

I signed people in at Congressman Dold's town hall at the Winthrop Harbor marina.

I signed people in at Congressman Dold’s town hall at the Winthrop Harbor marina.

I helped get the word about this out to village halls, libraries, and community centers.

I helped get the word about this out to village halls, libraries, and community centers.

Paige Ramon’s STEP Project at the National Institutes of Health

STEP Reflection

For my step project I was able to take part in a research internship at the National Institutes of Health in the NIAID department located in Bethesda, MD. During my time there, I got to see how the workings of a research lab is ran and even got to complete my own mini project. The lab I was in was the T- Lymphocyte Biology unit under the direction of Dr. Dan Barber. The labs primary focus is M. tuberculosis and C. neoformans. I was able to work on a project dealing with the immune response of mice infected with C. neoformans. At the end of my summer, I was able to present my work in a large forum that the NIH holds for their undergraduate and graduate researchers.

After completing my internship with this lab I genuinely found myself changing my future goals. Although, I still persist on the medical school route, I also now want to pursue a graduate degree in research specifically in dealing with pathogens and infectious diseases. I found myself enjoying the time I had spent in the lab and even more rewarding was when I would analyze my results and see what I was looking for. The world of research has intrigued me so much that now I work in lab here at Ohio State!

Being at one of the leading research institutions in the world along with the CDC, I got to meet many influential and world renowned researchers. My researcher I worked under is even known by many in the cancer world for his role in discovering the crucial PD-1 molecule. Another individual, Dr. Fauci, who is credited with the treatment of the nurse who contracted Ebola, gave many seminars that helped me realize that anything I want to achieve is possible if I just try. Yes, this may sound cliché but it is true. This man has been on the front line of many crucial discoveries including HIV/AIDS research, H1N1 treatment, Ebola, and now another virus spreading its course, the Zika virus. Getting a chance to attend these seminars not only benefited me in gaining knowledge but opened my eyes up to a side of medicine that I had yet to explore. Dr. Fauci himself has now become a role model to me and I strive in my lifetime to become like him and hope I can be a role model to those around me as he is to me.

As mentioned, because of my internship at the NIH, I now want to pursue both medical school and graduate school. I want to focus on pathogens and infectious disease mainly and work both in a lab and with people. Thanks to the wonderful people I met and the opportunity given to me, I found an area I enjoy and want to pursue.


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My Internship Experience: Figuring Out What I Don’t Want to Do

During the summer of 2015 I completed an internship in the area of wealth management. I’m a finance major and so I thought that wealth management could be a potential future career that I could see myself in, and so I found an Ohio State alumnus in my home state of Minnesota who owned his own wealth management business. I worked as an intern under him for three months, mainly attending meetings with clients and taking notes on their investment needs, helping to determine client goals, and then finally helping three different clients to implement budgets.

My major takeaway from the past summer was that wealth management isn’t an area that I can see myself working in long-term. I originally went in to the summer thinking that I could only call it a successful summer if I learned new skills that would apply to my future career and got an experience that could go on my resume and would help me get future jobs in that area. I know now that this definitely isn’t true, and it is just as valuable to be able to know that wealth management is an area that I don’t want to work in. I assumed that it would be my top choice for a job once I graduated from school, but now I’ve saved a lot of time and happiness by realizing early that wealth management isn’t the path for me.

I think this summer also changed my assumption on how important your major in college is. I previously thought that your major meant that you had to go down a certain path after you graduate, but I now see it more as a guide for how to accumulate knowledge in a field you’re interested in. Your major classes should teach you some job-specific information, but they should be more about how to learn on the job since that’s what you end up doing in the majority of cases anyway.

I decided that wealth management isn’t the field for me for a few main reasons. The first is that the position is much more educational than I expected it to be. Each time my boss and I went to meet with a new client, I was surprised to find how little they truly knew about financial planning and investing. It was disheartening to see couples in their 40s and 50s without much retirement planning, and to have to explain to these individuals why it was important to save money. I assumed that the people who would actively seek out a wealth manager would know the importance of saving, but in many cases they were just looking to make more money in the short-term and not to plan for long-term financial security.

Another reason why I don’t believe wealth management is for me is because of the relative impact of it. The wealth manager that I worked under, and most wealth managers for that matter, will only take on clients if they already have a certain net worth. My boss had mostly clients with assets of over $1 million, so to me it felt like I was just helping already wealthy individuals get richer. There is certainly a place for that in our market economy, but I feel like I can have a greater impact and will have more fulfillment out of my career and my life if I can help those that are less fortunate.

While it was not a factor in me deciding to not further pursue wealth management, I also learned a lot about leadership and responsibility from my boss. Wealth managers often are licensed through a parent company but run their own independent firms, and so they have to be self-starters and very motivated to go out and source their own clients. My boss was very good at networking and I feel as though I learned a lot from him in that regard. However, I also think that a consequence of him working independently so often is that it was hard for him to adjust to having an intern and having to give over some of the control to another person. It was interesting to see his style of leadership change over the summer and I know through working under him I can take back lessons that I can apply to clubs that I’m in, future jobs, and any other leadership positions I might hold.

Like I said before, this summer internship was significant because it allowed me to see what it would be like to work in wealth management, and to see that it wasn’t the career I want to be in. This change didn’t necessarily affect my academic goals, but it definitely gave me more professional goals and a better view of how to find success in an internship, even when you don’t like the job you’re doing. I believe having the internship last summer helped me get my internship for this upcoming summer, in a different area of business that will incorporate project management and finance. I’m excited and hope that I love my internship, but at the same time I know that it’s okay if I don’t and the experience can still be valuable. This summer I hope to continue to learn, just like I did last summer, and I know if I keep trying I’ll eventually find a career path that I love.

Kevin Cergol’s STEP Reflection

STEP Reflection

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Type of Project: Internship – Mutual, Inc. & John T. Mather Memorial Hospital

During my internship at Mutual, Inc. I took the opportunity to shadow a wealth manager.  Doing so gave me exposure to retirement planning, specifically the retirements of New York State employees, and analysis of both funds and individual stocks.  At John T. Mather Memorial Hospital I was able to take on a role geared towards corporate finance at a Non-Profit tax eligible organization.  At the hospital I was given the opportunity to learn about the unique tax documents that are required by such an organization.  I also was in charge of documenting newly signed long term equipment lease agreements and preparing a very large spreadsheet for the health care information company McKesson.


While both of my internships were both unique and interesting, I found that my time spent at Mutual, Inc. had the biggest impact on me as a person.  The advisor that I was working under had achieved exactly what I would like to achieve through financial advising if I choose to go that route.  Scott was able to achieve personal financial success while keeping the client’s best interests as the basis for his decision making.  While at the beginning of the summer I was split between going into corporate finance or following the investment track, by the end of the summer I had realized that financial planning can be a highly rewarding profession for all involved.  Going to work every day as a financial planner means waking up with the opportunity to better the lives of your clients through the amassment of wealth.


One of the most exciting parts of my internship at Mutual, Inc. was being given the opportunity to sit in on a handful of client meetings as I developed a better understanding for the intricacies of financial planning.  It was a positive experience to see a client walk into a meeting with uncertainty about his financial future and work with them to compose a solution that would allow for a comfortable retirement.  Through this portion of my STEP experience I was able to see that financial advising is a career path that allows for me to make a positive impact on society while working in a sector that I enjoy.  I didn’t fully realize the impact strong retirement planning can have on someone until I interned at Mutual, Inc.

Working at John T. Mather Memorial Hospital gave me tremendous insight to the inner workings of a rapidly changing and consolidating industry: healthcare.  Something that shocked me during my time at Mather was just how many moving parts were needed to keep the organization afloat.  There were so many different departments and countless transactions going on every single day.  I learned great lessons about teamwork and accountability as a result of this portion of my STEP experience.  One key example of this was the newly leased equipment project I was assigned to.  After it was described to me the first time by the lead accountant, I was to work on it the first day of every month I was in the office.  Had I not taken care of the project I would have set the accountants back and as a result the entire department.  While this may not be the exact kind of work I’m interested in, accountability and team skills are highly important in any industry.


Another portion of my internship at Mather that helped to shape me as a person was the medical aspect of the work. While I was typically in an office, there were occasions where I would happen to speak with nurses, doctors and patients during my time at the hospital. It felt really great to know that I was part of a greater good while at the hospital!  This portion of the experience changed me as a whole because it made me realize that I want to work in an industry that at the very least allows me to do something that will be impacting people’s lives in a positive manner.

I  think that coming to the realization that I want to be successful while keeping the best interests of people in mind will be very valuable in my life as a business professional.  I want to be known as someone who has a very strong courage of conviction and will not stray from his values.  I believe that my summer experience has reinforced this because it showed me that it is possible to do both.  I’ve put a lot of consideration into going into the legal field as well.  I feel that the legal profession gives me a phenomenal opportunity to help others which is highly important to me!  In conclusion my main takeaway is that moving forward I will be looking at jobs that will give me the best opportunity to better both myself and others.  Finally, I’d like to express my gratitude to the STEP program for providing me with the financial means to pursue my internship this past summer.

My STEP Internship: The Summer Treatment Program

For my Step experience, I worked as a group counselor for the summer treatment program, a program affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital, out of Notre Dame College. The program is structured as a sports camp and enrolls children and adolescents suffering from developmental and conduct disorders like ADHD, ASD and ODD. During the camp, I served as a swim counselor for group 4 (9-11 year olds) and tracked data for two kids. The program promotes pro-social behavior by using a point system which results in different rewards.

This program was definitely transformative.  By working for this program, I have honed various skills. Examples of said skills are problem solving and patience. In addition, the program kept me busy and on my feet so not only did it keep me in shape, I also ended each day with a sense of accomplishment. This allowed me to gain an appreciation for hard work. I also gained a sense of community from the other workers. One last thing I gained from the program was a sense of selflessness as I worked for the benefit of someone else day in and day out.

Before I speak of what experiences caused these transformations in me, I have to give a disclaimer. Due to the fact the participants in the program are patients of the Cleveland clinic and are protected by the HIPAA and other contracts, I cannot use real names or very many details so this section is going to be fairly vague.  That being said, there were numerous occasions during the program where my patience was tested. THe programs relies on the counselors staying neutral throughout the day and not showing negative emotions. This can be especially tough during time out situations. There have been many occaisons where I was practicing planned ignoring (as per protocol) in time out where the child was climbing on things, swearing at me and hitting me. During all these times, I had to stay neutral and experiences like these have enhanced my patience.

In addition to this, there were many experiences that have honed my teamwork and problem solving skills. Many times during the program, our group had become under-staffed due to the fact some of our counselors were busy taking timeouts. During this time, the remaining counselors had to really work together and problem solve. For example, during a Friday, while most of the camp was on a field trip, I was back with about half the camp and staff. We had a kickball game planned, but some of the staff, including the kickball lead were tied up in a time out, so I took over and lead the kickball game.

I also gained a sense of selflessness for me during my employment. One thing the admin staff always repeated was that the camp was about the kids, not the counselors, and that always stuck with me. I could go home happy everyday, no matter how hard the day was, knowing that I made a positive difference in a child’s life, no matter how small. Also, it was really cool to see the kids gain an understanding of the program and make changes in their behavior as the camp progressed.

These changes are important for my professional development. As a professional, team work and problem solving are immensely important. These skills will make my career go smoothly. Also, as a doctor, it is important for me to have a sense of selflessness so i can be a more efficient doctor by fully focusing on what is best for the patient by putting my negative emotions aside. stp picgroup photo with jz

My STEP Experience: The Washington Academic Internship Program

For my STEP experience, I took part in the Glenn College’s Washington Academic Internship Program (WAIP) in the fall of 2015. Through this program, I was given the opportunity to be a research intern for the Center for Responsive Politics, an organization that looks and tracks the effect of money in politics on elections and public policy. Prior to this, I had little knowledge about the issue of money in politics, but knew I wanted explore a /public problem and research it.

One of the major projects that I got to work on at CRP was to help assist the full time researchers with the individual contributions database. This database contained all political contributions made since the 1980s and would be growing daily. As an intern, one of my key tasks was to go through the database and make sure many of the new and old contribution records was standardized as well as accessible.

Another major project I worked on at CRP was maintain the Revolving Door Database. Simply put, this was a database which attempted to track the flow of staff between the public and private sector. For each person entered in the database, I had to research multiple records to try to track their employment history.

However, it wasn’t simply interning at a prestigious organization which was beneficial. Living as a working professional in DC was much different from living as a student in Columbus. The adjustment, while difficult as first, definitely made me a more responsible and mature person overall. Since the cost of living in DC is much higher than the cost of living in Columbus, I would cook for myself more often. I didn’t realize until then that cooking was actually a hidden hobby of mine!

As Glenn Fellows, we were required to attend policy salons one day a week, take a class on policy from 6:30- 9:00 PM every Wednesday, and attend study tours every Friday. At first, I thought that these wouldn’t be great. However, the study tours had some amazing experiences, including a chance for me to meet Eliza Carney, the woman who coined the term “SuperPAC”. I was able to have the chance later on to discuss her suggestions for bettering our Campaign Finance system. We also got to tour NPR, see the West Wing of the White House, and go all the way to the top of the Washington Monument!

It wasn’t until I interned at the Center for Responsive Politics that I truly became passionate about the issue of money in politics, and how it is an issue that effects the entire American Political System. This passion continued once I got back to Ohio State, as it made me further research this. It was this that sparked an idea to research campaign finance reform attempts from a voter’s perspective, and see if disclosure mechanisms can truly impact our vote choice. I will be forever grateful for this opportunity to experience our nation’s capital and learn more about myself!

Australia Internship Opportunity

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My name is Laura Vanic and I was a part of the STEP program the 2014-2015 school year and completed my STEP Project summer of 2015. I was fortunate enough to travel to Australia for an internship with an Australian Investor relations firm. I found this program through the Fisher College of Business Global Options, and from there, I applied for the program, was accepted, and then was chosen by the company FIRST Advisers for a summer intern position.

Going into this experience I didn’t have too many expectations of what I thought I would encounter. I knew I had always wanted to travel – Australia was a high contender on my ever lengthening travel list – but I really didn’t know that much about the country and the people that lived there. Essentially I went in with a blank slate for the question “What makes Australia, Australia?” That turned out to be the best mindset that I could have taken with me. I was still able to be surprised by differences in culture, scenery, and other experiences, but not have my experience warped by the ideas that I brought with me. One of the biggest cultural surprises for me was the difference in business culture. I noticed right away during my first week that Australian business culture is not the same as the American business structure that I grew up with. In addition, I was also introduced to a different culture and the lifestyle and values that come with that.

In my internship, I met some great people. My coworkers and bosses were so friendly and were so welcoming when I first got there. They were excited to answer all of my questions, and tell me all about the country that they call home, as well as their experiences that led them to where they were. However, as I mentioned, the business culture was very different form the business culture that I’ve ben immersed in at home. In Australian workplaces, people are much more laid back, conversation is more “breezy” as the Aussies would say (i.e. people are less formal, and are quicker to friendship in the office than we are here in the United States), and while the work gets done, it’s not pushed as quickly as it seems that it is in the States. I could immediately see the more casual nature even my first day just in the interactions I had with my coworkers, the way they interacted together, and in the multiple invitations I got to join them for lunch or for drinks after the workday. While there absolutely was an element of professionalism, it wasn’t the dominating tone. It was a bit odd at first, but it was so fun to experience. As for the lesser rigidity in the push to get work done I continually saw this when I would complete the projects given to me and notify my bosses, and they would be surprised that I was done, and wouldn’t have anything ready for me to do quite yet. Again, an adjustment I had to make, but it was and experience I’ll be able to draw on in the future.

As for the Australian culture in general, it follows a similar trend to the business culture. Aussies are so fun and easy to talk to, and so laid back. They love their country and are always excited to share their favorite places and customs with travelers. Myself and the 39 other students that also had internships in Sydney over the summer had a blast connecting with other young people in the city and exploring not only the big destinations like the Sydney Opera House, and the nature reserves in which you can pet and feed kangaroos, but also the little hole in the wall places that backpackers like to convene, and the restaurants that the locals love. One of my favorite differences in Australian culture versus United States culture was that i the areas that it was accessible, they would have huge markets on the weekends where you would go to do your grocery shopping for a few days or just that week, and there would be all fresh produce and meats that made for the best meals. It’s something that I miss and that I’d love to have access to back here at school.

Overall this trip was an absolutely incredible experience. I’ll be able to take my knowledge of the Australian business culture, and my experience adapting to it, and apply that to any new business environment that I’m immersed in. I’ve already had incredibly positive reactions to my experience abroad in many interviews. In addition to that, I’ve made business contacts across the world and in my own Ohio State community, and created memories that I will cherish for a very long time. There is no doubt that I would recommend my Australian internship experience to anyone that is interested.

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Internship Experience at Columbia University in New York City

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For my STEP project, I applied for Columbia University’s Summer Public Health Scholars Program (SPHSP) in New York City. This experience included a week’s stay at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, a visit to the Centers for Disease Control headquarters, conference of many young leaders and staff from the CDC, and two months of living and working in Manhattan. I was also placed within an internship at the American Indian Community House of Manhattan where I worked 9-5 on health assessments and other issues for three days of the week. My placement was due to my Native American heritage.

IMG_0187One of the most important aspects of my experience that needs to be emphasized is the environment that I lived and worked in. I traveled all across New York City, visiting nearly every borough during my stay. It was during this time that I encountered so many different people and places. Everyone in New York has a story and everyone comes from a different environment. As a public health major, it is my job to understand that no situation is “normal”. No one is going to have the same experience in any aspect particularly in health. Thus, by spending time in New York City, a true melting pot, I was able to reconsider everything I knew about public health.

It is easy to think of simple solutions for problems that seem so trivial. If you don’t feel well, go to the doctor. Living in NYC gave me a new perspective. Sometimes, there’s no time to go the doctor when you’re working three jobs. Or you need to save that money for your family. Or the only doctor who takes your insurance is far away and the only transportation available is through the public. There are always barriers that many people do not realize exist and by having the ability to experience what some people are going through allows me to visualize what obstacles may exist.

Working at the American Indian Community House of Manhattan really influenced the change in my mindset. I met and worked with the native population of NYC who are often down on their luck and working to make ends meet. I conducted several focus groups about what kind of services the Community House should provide and the response was staggering. People really needed as much as they could get because they were currently working with nothing.

I had also gone on a walk around the Washington Heights neighborhood with community members and my classmates. We discussed the growth and change within the neighborhood and how certain aspects of NYC had shaped Washington Heights into what it is today. Being able to learn about a city from its inhabitants already has the ability to open one’s eyes to what might be unknown. I was able to assess the situation Washington Heights was in not just from my own observations but also from the real-life observations of its citizens.

New York also has a major gentrification problem and this has affected its many neighborhoods and boroughs. Witnessing gentrification as you pass through areas and even hearing stories from citizens who had seen the changes as they progressed really shone a light on how much the city put into moving unsightly people and places. I heard many stories about rent-controlled buildings and how some places would raise rent to kick out unsavory businesses and people to move in more appealing ones. This is so important to the public health cause because it helps explain where people end up and why they are where they are. Looking deeper into gentrification in New York City allows me to see it more around my own neighborhoods.

This experience has really introduced me to so many future opportunities and jobs that can help others like those I met in NYC. I now know about potential barriers to treatment and good health. I know from living in NYC about the scarcity of healthy foods, unsafe neighborhoods and the tightness of budgets. All of these are public health concerns whether we realize it or not. In order to improve the health of society its going to take more than just individual choices but also environment changes and even genetics. Public health has developed a much broader definition for me after witnessing the people and places of NYC.

My STEP Experience As An Intern In Australia

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I engaged in the Australia Summer Global Internship Program through Fisher. This program involved an 8 week internship  in the main hub of Sydney; I was placed into Chubb Fire & Security, a UTC corporation. I also got to see some of Australia’s most beautiful and iconic sights.

I learned the intricacies of international travel while going to Australia. At my internship, I learned how to interact with business professionals, how to react to unforeseen circumstances within an organization, and how to balance a day’s workload among the members of a project team. I also discovered the cultural differences between Australia and the U.S., with everything from language barriers to the way people interact with each other. I got a deep insight to life outside of the U.S., and I believe every U.S. citizen should have that opportunity at least once in their lives.

I came out of this experience with a better understanding of different cultures, and this perspective with those internationally. I gained some great friendships, learned a lot about my career trajectory, and gained insight on how the working world operates.

I worked as a Marketing Intern along with several other students on the program, and got to do everything from create my own project to talk with the Sector President. My manager was relocated a couple weeks into my program, so that caused an interesting situation that I had to overcome. It allowed me to gain experience in an uncertain work environment, which I believe will be valuable in the future because nothing is certain in an organization or in your career. You must be able to adapt, and I believe I did so relatively easily.

I also participated in optional trips, including a Surf Camp, a trip to the Blue Mountains (including  an animal reservation where I engaged with Koalas, Wombats and Wallabies), a bungee jumping experience, and a trip to Cairns, where I went scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef. When visiting the animal reservations, I was exposed to animals that are exclusive to that part of the world. I had wallabies come up to me and eat from my hand, with one of them even jumping up on me to get my food!

My favorite part of my experience was scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef. This was truly breathtaking. Everything I saw in that scuba suit was like I was watching a movie. Fish swimming around you, sharks on the sea floor, and even a sea turtle hanging out next to you (pictured). Even the 3 day training portion was fun. I can use my scuba license anywhere in the world now. I was able to do 4 dives with my training group just in the ocean as part of my training,  and once we went to Cairns, I was able to scuba dive on the Reef all on my own when some people were either just snorkeling  or had to be supervised.  It was an absolutely breathtaking experience that I’ll never forget as long as I live.

My experience greatly affected my academic goals, as when I was performing my internship,  I realized how interconnected marketing  and logistics were. Hearing about some of the students’ work in supply chain made me think of how their activities go hand in hand with marketing activities, and from there, I started to do some research.

I realized that the two business functions lean on each other a great deal, and from there, I knew I wanted to see both sides. To better prepare myself for my professional career, I wanted to dual major in both Marketing and Logistics, and this year, I was able to make that happen. Learning how both functions operate allows for much greater insight into each respective field and how to maximize performance in both areas. I decided this at my desk in Australia, and I knew this was the professional path I wanted to take.

Bexley Police Internship- Alexandria Goolsby

Due to the nature of my experience and confidentiality, I am limited to what I can discuss about my experience while interning with Bexley Police Department.


Over the course of this past summer, I had the grand opportunity to intern with Bexley Police Department as a student intern working in their Detective Bureau. My STEP experience involved me getting a hands-on experience in the law enforcement and corrections field and studying the behavior of individuals who have engaged in delinquent activity.

I believe the greatest transformation that resulted from my STEP Signature Project was gaining a deeper insight to police work and becoming more motivated to pursue it. I think a lot of times, we have our hearts set on a chosen career path, but may be unsure of how we want to pursue it or all of the reasons why we want to. I think having the opportunity to be thrown into the atmosphere of what you ultimately want to dedicate your life to is very insightful and will be beneficial in the long run. It allowed me to have a greater appreciation and at large, influenced my dedication.

My favorite part of my STEP experience was being able to talk to all of the officers and detectives and being able to hear their personal testimonies of how they got to where they are currently, and why they still choose to engage in this line of work. It was comforting to know that it took them ample time to reach their chosen careers and even more pleasing to know that they offered their support and guidance to me as I pursue my own endeavors. The officers within the city of Bexley were all very nice and I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to intern with them over the summer.

One of the most important things that I learned while interning at Bexley is to stay committed to your work. After talking with the sergeant and in light of all the recent police brutality incidents across the nation, she reminded me that her dedication to serving her community still remains. I admired that from her and realized that true commitment to something can take you a long way.

Personally, this internship allowed me to step out of my comfort zone of the classroom and collegiate lifestyle and enter a more professional and formal atmosphere. It allowed me to develop individually and professionally and I learned many different aspects of police work. I was able to help the detectives with records management and also had the chance to attend Bexley’s Mayor’s Court with a detective every week. I was able to learn many different ways to approach my career and gained much experience that I can use in the future, both in and out of the classroom.

By having such a great opportunity to intern with a local police department, I was able to reassess my academic, personal and life goals. I was very ecstatic to intern with Bexley Police and I definitely was able to realize that going into the field of criminology and criminal justice is something that I definitely want to do. I was deeply interested in the work I was doing and it gave me that much more motivation to continue with my studies and pursuing my ultimate goal of being a criminal profiler for the FBI.

I am thrilled to continue to pursue my dreams and I am so thankful to have had this opportunity.