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Sarah Buell

'18 IR/CCE

Sarah interned at the National Endowment for Democracy, while participating in the Maxwell-in-Washington Undergraduate Program in Spring 2017. 


 I am a junior from Rochester, NY studying international relations and citizenship & civic engagement, with a minor is Spanish. I was an intern for the National Endowment for Democracy, a private, nonprofit foundation dedicated to the growth and strengthening of democratic institutions around the world.

The internship allowed me to involve myself in research. I love doing research on political prisoners. I liked working for an organization that works closely with the government, but is still bipartisan. It showed me a type of company that I didn't know about before coming to DC. 

The program has given me not only internship opportunities, but also opportunities to explore the options I can have after college. The combination of the speakers and career night showed me that I have more options than I previously thought after graduation, such as jobs in the private sector and various fellowships. I am taking the opportunity to meet as many people as I can to see what they did to get them where they are and have a network in DC because it is my dream to live here. In the future I know I want to work on the intersection of national security and human rights. Possibly study abroad again after graduation. 

Future DC students, be open minded, go to everything and be nice to everyone. You never know who you are going to meet or who has the resources to help you.