Summer 2020 Intern Spotlight: Renee L

As an Education Intern for the Council, I have been able to learn so much about nonprofit organization and expand my knowledge on global affairs. I am a rising senior to Plano West Senior High School, where I compete in speech and debate; in my free time, I serve as an education coordinator for a student-run nonprofit known as the Be the Light Youth Association. I plan to major in International Relations in the future, specifically in International Political Economy, a field that fascinates me.

My work generally involves assisting the Education department with a variety of tasks, such as minor administrative housekeeping, designing flyers and blog posts to promote upcoming events, and conducting research to be used in the Council’s education resources. I have also written proposals and student guides for aforementioned events. For example, I was involved with constructing a proposal for a Junior World Affairs Council online social to be held during the fall semester, along with a few of my fellow interns. Thanks to the demands of working in Education, I have learned the basics of the database tool Raiser’s Edge, in addition to putting my skills in research and writing to good use.

One particularly insightful conversation I was able to listen in on was a board meeting with former Ambassador Robert Jordan, who managed relations with Saudi Arabia in the wake of 9/11. The anecdotes and advice he provided on the topic of diplomacy were quite interesting and informative, particularly as diplomacy is a career field that I am interested in pursuing.

As I begin my college applications process, I hope to apply what I’ve learned during this internship in my future endeavors, and I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to work with the Council!

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