Kathryn – Fitchburg State University

Public Policy Associate

Coming down to DC from my little town in Western Massachusetts I wasn’t really sure what I was getting into, but in these short four months I have had an unforgettable experience. Working at AFSP has really opened my eyes to what it’s like to work in a nonprofit as well as the professional realm. Working as an intern at AFSP has allowed me to get an understanding of where I want to go next in my career. The knowledge and advice I have been given from the public policy team has been indispensable.

Since arriving here I have grown as a professional, due to the multitude of tasks that were allocated to me as an intern. At the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention I was given not just menial tasks, the work I did was valuable. In the first week of being here I was given a number of important responsibilities, such as tracking state and federal bills, tracking registrations and appointments for state capitol days, and even attending a committee hearing on the second day of work. Along with all of the responsibilities we were encourage to attend any meeting or hearing that interested us personally. Working at the Policy office of AFSP allowed me to get a better understanding of how our government is run. Coming into this internship I wanted to get a better understanding of the policy side of mental health and I received just that.

The policy team and the other interns has been the most supportive group of people I’ve had the pleasure of working with. They have encouraged me on a professional level that I will forever be grateful for. They helped me address emails, reach out to connect to people, and even offered to look at my resume. AFSP is a phenomenal place to work and has allowed me to grow as an individual. As I continue down my path in the mental health field I will look back at my time here in fondness and I’m thankful I had the opportunity to work here.