February 14, 2020
After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and French from Hendrix College, I was naturally intent on feeding my desire to continue to be aware of the world’s salient questions, problems, and accomplishments. That same desire led me to apply for an internship with the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth.
My time as a Programs Intern at the Council has given me insight into the inner workings of a non-profit organization in terms of a global and local context. My tasks as an intern are primarily centered on preparation, organization, and attention to detail. With this, the effectiveness of my communication skills is put to the test on a daily basis.
Part of my work includes setting up venues, checking in Council members to events, and drafting itineraries and introductory statements for speakers. I have had the opportunity of meeting journalists, economists, authors, and even a former US Ambassador. A perk of volunteering for the Council’s event set-ups is being able to receive first-hand accounts on topics ranging from the global conundrum of population growth to the United States’ ever-turbulent relationship with Iran. Not only have I had the privilege of being able to listen to some of the world’s foremost authorities on today’s social and political issues, but I also get an inside look from A to Z into what it takes to host current and former public figures and scholars.
My supervisors, Programs Manager Kiersten Kullenberg and Programs Vice-President Rachel Vogel, along with the World Affairs Council staff have been instrumental in my growth as an intern. Their leadership, patience, and guidance has had an impact on my work ethic, professionalism, and curiosity. I consider my current work as a stepping stone on my path to graduate school and ultimately a career in diplomacy. I look forward to continuing my internship with the World Affairs Council of DFW in the hopes of broadening my global perspective.