Tara did a summer internship at Capitol Hill in Washington D.C

MSc Global Governance student Tara Leigh Smith spent her Summer on an incredible internship at opportunity Capitol Hill in Washington D.C, working in John F. Kennedy’s former office.

“Professor Bela Arora, the Global Governance course leader, set up the internship through her connections with David Fitzsimmons, Chief of Staff to Congressman Tom Emmer. I’ve always wanted to visit D.C, and I’ve been able to live and work out here for three months. It was obviously a once in a lifetime opportunity that I just couldn’t turn down!

My role working for Tom Emmer includes researching different bills that I think he would support and going to different briefings. I also take people on tours of the Capitol building. Outside of work I tend to go to the intern lecture series, which feature a range of people from senators and representatives. Recently went to one that was by the senior advisor to the President which was fascinating.

The whole experience has been awesome; being able to meet so many different and inspirational people. As well as learning so much about American history and the process of how the government works, has been incredible. I still can’t believe I work here!

I would highly recommend anyone to study Global Governance as a Masters degree. You learn so much about such a wide range of topics and issues. As well as this opportunity in Washington, I’ve also visited a number of other important institutions, such as the UK parliament, U.S. Embassy and Brussels and learn from experts in the field.”