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Graduate students gain valuable experience through summer opportunities

Graduate students from the School of Education participated in internship programs last summer which helped them gain real-world experience. From Washington, D.C., to Raleigh, N.C., these experiences provided the students with new perspectives and helped prepare them for a career in education. Read on to learn more.

Corliss Brown

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Corliss Brown (center) with Superintendent June Atkinson (3rd from left), Board Chair Bill Harrison (far right) and other 2009 interns.
Photo courtesy of N.C. Department of Public Instruction

Year/Program: First-year Ph.D., Education; Culture, Curriculum and Change

Summer Activity: Research Intern

Org(s) Involved: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Location: Raleigh, N.C.

Dates: May 11-Aug. 5, 2009

Brief description of summer activity: I worked with a group of graduate students to develop research questions, conduct literature reviews, and analyze the Department of Public Instruction’s data related to selected policy issues, such as course scheduling practices of high schools and the relationship between healthy living and graduation rates.

What you learned/gained for this experience: I learned about policy analysis and how education is impacted by state government.

What was unique about this experience: I had the opportunity to present our reports to members of the State Board of Education as well as the Board Chairman and the State Superintendent of Education. 

To learn more: You can read the research reports and view more intern program photos on the Public Schools of North Carolina website.  

Jennifer Job

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Jennifer Job (front center) with other 2009 interns in front of the Russell Building, where they worked.
Submitted photo

Year/Program: Second-year Ph.D., Education; Culture, Curriculum and Change

Summer Activity: Intern

Org(s) involved: United States Senate, Subcommittee of the Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee

Location: Washington, D.C.

Dates: May 1- June 12, 2009

Brief description of summer activity: Over the summer I was an intern based in Senator Richard Burr’s office. I was responsible for bill and grant proposals, legislative research, constituent correspondence and legislation analysis.

What you learned/gained from this experience: I gained an inside view of the legislative process from all sides. I made great contacts as well as friends, and I definitely am looking for a career in Washington, D.C., now!

What was unique about this experience: I was involved with some interesting projects, such as designing the candidacy packet for a possible National Medal of Technology and Innovation winner.