Tracy – Washington College

Public Policy Associate

As a Public Policy Associate with AFSP, I have gained invaluable experience that has guided my development, both personally and professionally. Coming into the internship, I had completed only three semesters of college. Having the opportunity to intern in the nation’s capital for such an amazing cause seemed unbelievable to me. This experience is not like typical internships, no coffee runs for us! In my time with AFSP, I attended congressional committee hearings, wrote a research paper with the purpose of educating people as to how America can decrease the rates of suicide through the means of carbon monoxide poisoning, produced an 80 page congressional committee directory, and wrote many pieces on current events and issues in the healthcare system.

In addition to having the chance to research, I helped prepare materials for the Annual Advocacy Forum in June, which involved several weeks of hard work creating specialized packets for each state. Being with AFSP taught me that hard work will pay off, and there is no better feeling than finishing a project here. I have gained so much knowledge on mental health, including healthcare, mental health parity, and suicide prevention programs in several states. John, Trevor, Nicole, and Smitty welcomed me with open arms and helped me to be a successful member of the team. Getting to be in such a supportive environment and working on meaningful projects is an opportunity most interns dream of doing and few can say they did.

I am so lucky to have had the chance to work among such bright, talented people and would highly recommend this internship to anyone interested in political science and public policy. I have been inspired to graduate early and continue pursuing a career in the nonprofit sector because of AFSP. If you want an internship site that will make you realize your full potential and strive to deliver your best results, AFSP is definitely the place to be.