JaVori was a fourth-year student in the College of Arts and Sciences, studying Government and Studio Art, when she completed her internship.
“It is difficult to put into words how much I learned as a result of this internship. I further developed my analytical research skills, appreciated different bipartisan viewpoints, and collaborated with my peers to produce a memorandum and virtual presentation for the first time. "
Why did you choose to intern with the Cooper Center, Sorensen Institute?
I chose to intern with the Weldon Cooper Center, Sorensen Institute after learning about its dedication to promoting ethical politics. The mission of the Sorensen Institute best aligned with my passion for local government and challenged me to think critically about current policy issues facing our nation. Working with the Sorensen Institute to identify best practices for handling crises was especially important and relevant work, in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
What was your favorite part of participating in this internship?
My favorite part of the internship by far was being able to engage with numerous guest speakers who had years of experience working in the public sector. These conversations were useful for our research and writing process, as they provided insight into what political leadership looks like behind the scenes. In addition, every speaker was so eager to share their experience that it helped me map out my career plans for the future.
What did you learn as a result of this internship?
It is difficult to put into words how much I learned as a result of this internship. I further developed my analytical research skills, appreciated different bipartisan viewpoints, and collaborated with my peers to produce a memorandum and virtual presentation for the first time. I also learned how to apply my political knowledge and leadership skills to better serve my surrounding communities. Overall, the Sorensen Institute gave me a renewed appreciation for the efforts of state government during crisis and a better understanding of what residents can do to help.
Would you recommend the 22nd Century Scholars Program to future students?
I highly recommend the 22nd Century Scholars Program to future students. I have no doubt that the professional and interpersonal skills that I developed during the program will be rewarding for years to come. The connections that I made with other students in my cohort have turned into amazing friendships and I am extremely grateful that I had the opportunity to be a part of the inaugural class of scholars.