Liberal Arts Career Services
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National Immigration Forum

Summer 2017

Position: Communications Intern
Student: Political Communication, Rhetoric & Writing Senior

I spent the Summer of 2017 as a communications intern with the National Immigration Forum. The Forum is a nonprofit in Washington, D.C. which advocates for the value of immigrants and immigration to the United States. The Forum prioritizes remaining nonpartisan, and focuses its advocacy efforts toward center-right audiences. I personally lean left politically, but found this mission very interesting because I had seldom approached issues as complex as immigration policy from perspectives different than my own.

As a communications intern, most of my work involves monitoring social media analytics, producing social media content, compiling daily news clips, assisting with logistics for press conferences, and writing blog content. While my day-to-day tasks vary greatly, I spend most of my work time developing social media content and working to assist the rest of the communications team as needed. The work environment is easily the most interesting and productive I have ever experienced as an intern. I am consistently given tasks that challenge me and allow me to explore my interests in homeland security and immigration policy. My coworkers make sure to foster my interests and always take time to discuss my future goals and how they can help make them a reality.

The greatest challenge that I have faced as a Forum intern has definitely been in coming to terms with its nonpartisan nature. Working to tailor content to a conservative audience is something that I had never done before, and I often find myself stumped regarding necessary steps. I would recommend this internship to anyone interested in communication, border control, and immigration issues.

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