Located in the heart of downtown Washington, D.C., George Washington University offers its students a plethora of internship opportunities to gain experience in nearly any field imaginable.
Women's basketball rising senior DaLacy Anderson is taking advantage of the school's prime locale by completing a summer internship at the Department of State's White House Liaison's Office.
"I was interested in interning at DoS because I wanted to gain experience as a civil servant," said Anderson, a marketing major. "In doing so I hope to incorporate my business marketing background, along with my organizational and problem-solving skills, which I feel have been put to use during my internship at the WHL Office."
The White House Liaison's Office is responsible for slating, interviewing and appointing political appointees to serve in President Obama's administration at the State Department. As an intern, Anderson's role includes scheduling meetings for the Acting and Deputy White House Liaisons, scheduling informational interviews for potential appointees and creating and implementing special projects and programs for the WHL Office.
"I have had the opportunity to network with various people, as well as attend seminars about different offices and bureaus within the State Department," said Anderson, who will graduate next spring. "I have gained a lot of information on the different bureaus and offices that I did not not about prior to my internship. For example, I attended a seminar about the Office of Protocol and how they handle visits and events for the president, vice president and foreign ambassadors when they visit the U.S. After attending the seminar, I left feeling like that would be an office I would love to be a part of after I graduate."