We’ve spent a summer with these interns, so it’s about time you meet them. Here they are!
Long Island, NY
Fort Smith, AR
Let’s get to know the summer interns!
Becky Allen (BA): I will graduate in the spring from Tufts University majoring in Religion with a focus on conflict resolution
Meghan Marr (MM): I’m a rising senior at Bowdoin College studying Psychology and English.
Bree Roozen (BR): I’m about to start my second year at Marquette University where I’m working towards a Masters in International Affairs.
Flannery Wasson (FW): I attend the University of Arkansas where I major in Political Science with a minor in African and African American Studies and Drama.
Okay! So why did you choose to spend your summer with United to End Genocide (UEG)?
BA: I was looking for a research-based position in the field of conflict resolution. As a policy and government relations intern at an organization that works to prevent and end genocide, UEG seemed like a great opportunity!
MM: I’ve always had a strong interest in working for human rights and international affairs, and knew that Washington D.C. would be a great place for that. When I discovered UEG, I was immediately drawn to their work and knew it would be a great fit.
BR: As an undergraduate, I used UEG’s resources for research fairly often – when I started looking for internship opportunities, I wanted to be able to see how an advocacy organization like UEG functioned from the inside.
FW: I really wanted to see how a non-profit functions and was thankful to find such a great organization that allowed me to learn so much about the international effort against genocide.
Now that you’re here – what’s your role in the office?
BA: As a policy and government relations intern, I contributed to daily news and weekly policy updates as well as a plethora of research opportunities. I also had the opportunity to attend numerous hearings and other foreign policy-related events hosted by NGOs and think tanks.
MM: On a day to day basis, I work with the development team on the organizational development of UEG, which basically means cultivating and sustaining relationships with our donors through email, mail, and phone calls.
BR: Each day is different – I spend a lot of my time reading through news updates and writing blogs about what’s going on in the world. I even helped organize an event with big name speakers at the United Nations!
FW: I help maintain the social media outreach with our members, direct e-mails, and also help with data analysis to ensure we’re doing our best to reach our audience and gain new members.
So, what surprised you most about your internship?
BA: I was most surprised by the fact that I was assigned absolutely zero administrative work throughout my nine weeks with UEG.
MM: How much it’s overlapped with both the communications and policy teams. I loved this part of my experience here: it gave me the chance to really learn about the current issues that we focus on, and then the implementation of programs to really work towards our mission.
BR: I was surprised how diverse my responsibilities were. I’m happy to say in my time here I haven’t done a lick of administrative work!
FW: The work that goes into messaging and connecting – everything is planned and tracked way more than I ever expected. And I never expected to love hashtags as much as I do now!
You’ve survived the summer… any advice for future interns?
BA: Don’t be afraid to contact other professionals in the field – people love talking about what the do, especially to students. Reach out and do as many informational interviews as possible!
MM: Take advantage of the small, open-minded atmosphere of UEG. Also, your help will truly be valued, so don’t be afraid to express your ideas or dive into projects that interest you most.
BR: I would advise a future intern not to think of themselves as interns but as employees on the first step of their career. Take all the advice and knowledge your coworkers can offer you and apply it to make your own work better.
FW: Now or never. Don’t waste time on your couch – you’re in DC so make sure your time in DC counts! Hit up happy hours, get to museums, make new friends and connections every chance you can. (Also, there’s tons of free apps to help you navigate and enjoy DC so use them wisely.)
What’s your ideal Saturday in DC? All work and no play makes for dull interns!
BA: Washington has a lot of really awesome, unique festivals during the summer. My ideal Saturday would take me from a farmers market to one such festival to a local restaurant or potluck dinner with friends.
MM: I love being outside, so if it’s nice out I’m all about the walking around and exploring. Georgetown Waterfront, Eastern Market, Dupont Circle, and 14th street are some great spots to just wander. I also love food, particularly long brunches.
BR: Meeting friends at one of the Smithsonian Museums to walk around, and then finishing up the day at a good restaurant with a patio and a glass of wine.
FW: Enjoying art around DC (National Cathedral – go there!), then heading out to U street with my friends for dinner at Ben’s Chili Bowl (trust me) and ciders at Dodge City all night!
There you go, and there they go. We loved having them and know they’ll go far. Best of luck!