Major(s): Political Science/Middle Eastern and North African Studies
Internship: North American Research Partnership (NARP)
Role: Intern Assistant to the Executive Director
Future Career Interests: Academia, Government, "Think Tanks"
Throughout my internship, I gained insight into the realm of “think tanks” and the role they play in research and public policy, conferring to me an additional career path to consider. During my internship with NARP, it became increasingly apparent that I would be well suited to work at a research institute should I be unsuccessful in traditional academia. My supervisor thought that I had the aptitude for it, having a skill for synthesizing and interpreting data as well as compiling it into a comprehensible and attractive format. My supervisor stressed that think tanks play a non-esoteric role in the dissemination of knowledge. Contrasted with certain aspects of academia, they tend to be more grounded in policy and the public. My supervisor would say that I fit within this paradigm.
I had engaged with data, both quantitative and qualitative, on the North American free trade area, which I was able to coherently engage, interpret, and synthesize in an approachable and conclusion-driven format. Summarizing key points of data in this way grants me the skill to be an effective analyst at a research institute. Additionally, my eye for presentational aesthetics, judged by the vibrancy of my fact sheets, would suit the public engagement portion of work at think tanks; being able to create products that have vital information in a well-designed manner is a skill in its own right. For these reasons, I ought to consider a future in think tanks.