Tara O'Brien

Tara  O'Brien

IR '19

Programs and Communications Intern for Suited for Change


Hi, my name is Tara O’Brien and I am from Dobbs Ferry, New York majoring in International Relations and minoring in Spanish. During my time in Washington DC, I interned as the Program/Communications Intern for Suited for Change. Suited for Change is a small, local, non-profit organization that supports job readiness and retention for women returning to the workforce post homelessness, incarceration, and poverty. My internship office fostered an inviting and productive environment that made me feel comfortable learning and trying new things like learning about graphic design and social media outreach. My favorite part about the internship was being able to gain experience in a non-profit while working for a mission that I am passionate about. I had never had experience with such a small organization and loved being involved in all aspects of the organization’s operations. 


I am most passionate about human rights and immigration, and I hope to enter law school within the next two years. In the meantime, I hope to work at a non-profit for human rights, or at a law firm as a paralegal for immigration law or litigation. Maxwell in DC has made a big impact in my life; I figured out what my interests were and how I want to involve my interests into my work. The speakers in my classes were also helpful in educating me about career opportunities I was not aware of before.


My favorite things about DC are the museums and food. I am amazed by the diversity and quality of the food and thrilled with the price of the city’s museums (most of them are free!). If I had to give one word of advice for incoming students, it would be to not take the most prestigious internship offer you receive if you do not think you’ll be happy there. Take the offer where you believe you will thrive and do your best work!