Internship: Project Vote Smart
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Sydney Mrozinski

Major: Political Science
Minor: Agriculture
Hometown: Chalfont, PA

How did you learn about this opportunity?

One of my teachers mentioned this experience to us during class one day. So I took advantage of the opportunity!

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

For the summer, I took my life and moved it to Philipsburg, Montana. I am currently interning for a non-profit, no-partisan organization called Project Vote smart. I am in the research section of this project. My learning objective is to learn how to collect factual, non-partisan information about congressional candidates from each state. I’ve learned how to pull information off candidates’ websites based only on the information they personally put out there. This is the most important part of my job, to provide the public with free, factual, and unbiased information. I take the information of the candidates’ websites and pull information about their education, past political and professional experience, and their background. I then create a profile for each candidate running for office and post it publicly for American’s all over the country to see. Providing consistent, non-partisan information is the most difficult part of the job.

How did this experience impact you academically?

During this internship I am also taking two classes. One co-insides with the internship and the other does not. Throughout this internship it has been difficult to sit down and focus after an 8 hour day of staring at the computer but it takes determination to sit down and focus on school work for another 3 hours. This internship has taught me discipline to say the least. I feel I have become a much better student, by finding the ability to focus on my school work and be successful in my internship.

I feel I have become a much better student, by finding the ability to focus on my school work and be successful in my internship.

What are your career goals and plans?  How did this experience impact them?

This experience was very different for me. I am used to working with my hands and working on tractors and cars, so to completely change gears and pick an internship that's pretty much the closest thing to a desk job was very big for me. I have gained amazing research skills and added a lot of skills to me resume. I know now that a desk really isn't for me.I know I want to work outside with my hands. I love being a part of the land and learning how to work it. It's something that's in my blood.

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

Yes I would. I think it makes you appreciate the internship and really take a step back and look at it in a different light.

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