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Jewell Pugh headshot

Jewell interned for the Cooper Center Media Team, assisting with a range of social media and communication projects, such as creating audiograms and infographics and taking photos.  

“What I enjoyed most about the internship was feeling like I was actually making a difference in my local community. By helping organizations such as the Weldon Cooper Center and the Sorenson Institute, I was able to utilize their reach and further inform myself on the goings on in my state."

Jewell Pugh

Cooper Center Media Team

Jewell was a rising fourth-year undergraduate student studying Psychology when she completed this internship.

Why did you choose the Wallerstein Scholars Program?

I chose to intern through the Wallerstein Scholars Program because I wanted to work in my home community. Growing up in Charlottesville I have always participated in public service. However, being able to work with an organization like the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, I was able to utilize their resources and fully immerse myself in the work and increase my engagement in public service.

What projects did you work on as a Wallerstein Scholar?

As a Wallerstein Scholar, I worked on various social media and communication projects. These included creating informative graphics referencing program dates and announcements, and creating audiograms promoting the "Intersections in Public Service" Weldon Cooper Center Podcast. I was also able to work on some in-person projects by photographing and assisting in interview production.

What was your favorite part of the internship?

What I enjoyed most about the internship was feeling like I was actually making a difference in my local community. By helping organizations such as the Weldon Cooper Center and the Sorenson Institute, I was able to utilize their reach and further inform myself on the goings on in my state.

What did you learn as a result of this internship?

I learned that everyone plays an important role in making changes in local government. There are so many moving pieces that are going on behind the scenes that are all crucial in informing the public, making ideas heard, and planning for the future. Each individual is an important aspect that allows the system to move forward.

 

Would you recommend the Wallerstein Scholars Program to future students?

I would recommend the Wallerstein Scholars Program to future students because whether you are interested in a career in public service or not, it's always beneficial to be informed about the goings-on of your local government.