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The IWP Internship Experience: Maria Anderson

Maria Anderson 444x718My time at IWP has been great. At the beginning of the internship, I had no idea what to expect, and my experience here has been more than I ever could have imagined. For starters, the people are great; never have I felt more welcomed or respected. IWP is dedicated to making the intern experience a great one, and they are willing to do whatever it takes to help interns succeed.

Here at IWP, everyone is committed to a common mission, a mission that they are all very passionate about. I never felt pressured into believing or agreeing with this mission, but I fell in love with it nonetheless. IWP is committed to creating a place where students can study and learn the art of statecraft; they provide a wide range of classes that are not offered anywhere else. Most importantly, IWP understands what is going on in the world; they see the need for things like better leadership, a return to traditional ideals, and a strong educational foundation for students.

During my time at IWP, I did a variety of things from administrative tasks, to auditing a class, to attending lectures/events on various topics, to researching with a professor, and the list goes on. One of the most special things about coming to IWP and having the intern experience is learning from so many people with diverse backgrounds. A majority of the professors and staff at IWP used to be or still are professionals in the workforce and now teach here or hold positions that make IWP a success. Because of this, IWP is a great place to network and make connections with people who have had experience in the field that interests you.

There are so many other great things I could say about IWP, but I will leave you with this one piece of advice: if you are considering interning with IWP, do it. I was on board with IWP’s mission after my first week here, and it truly was an amazing experience that opened so many doors and helped me create life-long connections.

Interns Summer 2016