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Kylie H.

Kylie H.
BA, Government '12

Internship Site:
Project Vote Smart
Philipsburg, MT


How long was you internship? 

10 weeks starting at the end of March.

What will be your job duties?

Maintained and updated evaluations sent in by the special interest groups that Project Vote Smart covered as well as research new voter ratings. I also updated the Congressional speech databases, researched and updated biographical information for candidates and elected officials.

What were some of the steps you took to find this internship?

I met with Krista in the career services office. We went over possible internships and she gave me the information on Vote Smart. Then I emailed the intern director at Vote Smart to see if he could answer any questions I had about the application process. Once I heard back, and I decided that this was an internship that I wanted to pursue, I applied and had a phone interview a week later.

Over time, were there things you did personally to help you prepare for this internship?

Since I will most likely be doing research based on complicated documents, I took a documents-based research class during the winter quarter to help prepare me for the work I would be doing with Vote Smart.

Got any personal advice for students who may be a bit nervous about stepping into larger internships or internships in general?

Do not let anyone discourage you or talk you out of applying for something. If I had listened to people who told me I couldn't do it, I never would have even applied. Make sure that you are actually interested in the internship you are applying for, since you are going to be dedicating a large part of your time to them. Also, check the website of the organization if they have one. My interviewer asked me, "What did you find most interesting when you were looking at our website?" Luckily, I had checked the website so I was able to answer, but I am sure that question disqualified a large portion of the applicants.

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