hey...I applied for an internship with Congressman Howard L. Berman (D-CA) and I got a call last week that I was accepted. I'm definitely going to do that internship, but it's only 1-5 every day except for Friday.
I also would like to intern somewhere in addition to the Congressman's office. I've secured an internship at the Center for Inquiry - a nonprofit committed to secular humanism. CFI also hosts several debates, coordinates educational programs, and produces two publications that all have to do with promoting a more rational, ethical world. In addition, I've secured an internship at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)'s civil rights legal division.
Here is my debate - I founded the Young Philosophers Society (philosophy club in my school with English department head as supervisor - we've studied various Socratic dialogs as well as The Republic, next year we're studying Guide to the Perplexed). So the CFI would be consistent with that, and my entire motivation to go to Columbia is its intellectual intensity as well as its well known diversity of people and thought. I also intend to major in philosophy.
BUT the NAACP internship is also consistent with how I will present myself because I co-founded the Global Awareness Project (a group that meets weekly in my school to discuss infractions of civil rights worldwide and we have also organized guest speakers to come and make presentations to our entire student body). Also, as a student coming from a private Jewish school, I need to look as "desiring of diversity" as possible. Don't think that I'm exploiting the NAACP, I specifically contacted the NAACP because of the cases it has been involved in throughout U.S. history that I've learned about this year in school.
Anyway, I'm equally interested in both of these internships and they are both consistent with what I've been participating in throughout high school....so what do you think????? Any advice is much appreciated. Thank you