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The IWP Internship Experience: Kiersten Forrest


I was honored to become an Events and Communications Intern at The Institute of World Politics this spring. My goal is to work in the intelligence community for the government. Undoubtedly, this internship experience has ensured that this is the career path I wish to pursue. From talking to alumni, discussing careers with experts in particular fields of interest, and participating in lecture lunches with IWP Founder and President Dr. John Lenczowski, I am confident that national security is a mission that I want to be a part of.

As a senior about to graduate from Virginia Tech, I felt uncertain and uneasy about transitioning into the career world. The Institute of World Politics eased this uncertainty by providing helpful connections and opportunities, such as attending informational career meetings, lecture lunches, and roundtables. I would have loved to experience this outstanding graduate school in person. Unfortunately, the pandemic only allowed spring interns to work remotely. Nevertheless, I was exceptionally pleased with how many valuable skills I learned and the amount of beneficial information I retained in a remote setting.

I am forever grateful for my time spent at The Institute of World Politics. I could not have had a better team to work with throughout this journey. Unquestionably, I am extremely appreciative of IWP for allowing me to become a part of their team and mission. This internship is the most beneficial experience I have received to place me closer to a future career in national security.

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