Naomi – LeMoyne College

Public Policy Associate

From the experience of the past we derive instructive lessons for the future.

— John Quincy Adams, Inaugural Address, Mar. 4, 1825 —

As part of The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars I was able to spend my spring 2012 semester in Washington, D.C. interning with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention/ SPAN USA. This experience has by far exceeded my expectations of what I imagined an internship would be like. Ranging from the briefings on Capitol Hill to the delicious staff lunches, there wasn’t a moment spent with AFSP that I did not enjoy.

I was given substantial tasks that helped to improve my writing, research, analytical and communication skills and the skills acquired will be useful for any job in the future. From attending Mental Health Liaison Group meetings, congressional briefings, receptions and performing orientation calls with Field Advocates, I have become a much more confident individual. With the help of a wonderful staff, Nicole Cardarelli and Trevor Summerfield and my supervisor, John Madigan, I felt like an important member of the team. I also enjoyed sharing my personal stories with Seymone Khaleghi, another public policy associate and learning from each other while completing our various projects.  I feel both lucky and grateful to have had the opportunity to be an intern with AFSP and I look forward to keeping in touch with John, Trevor, Nicole and Seymone.