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University of Connecticut

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  • Professionalintern 2:23 p.m.
    March 20, 2014
    Major: Political Science, 2014
    Internship 4.0-stars
    Oversight & Aid 4.0-stars
    Payment Unpaid
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    Throughout my college career, I have interned at a public radio station, a news organization, and in the legislature. Two of my internships were for credit, and I learned a great deal at all of them. My internships allowed me to familiarize myself with issues influencing my state and gain a professional skill set. I also was able to network with many people, which was possibly the most valuable aspect of my internships. With all of that being said, being an unpaid intern was not easy financially. I turned down an unpaid internship at a Congressional Office. This internship also did not pay for parking in their parking garage. I calculated that I would have to pay $966 in gas and parking alone for this internship- that does not include the cost of college credits. This is particularly troubling considering this was for a government office. Who is most likely to take an unpaid internship at a government office? The rich, the white, the well-connected, the privileged. If we want diversity in our government, we need to allow for low-income students to get involved in politics.

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