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Dylan Hackett

Liberal Arts Major: International Politics
Minor: Global Security
Hometown: Yarmouth, Massachusetts
Experience Time: Summer 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

I worked with the Preventing Targeted Violence (PTV) team at the Institute, a subdivision focused on solutions to preventing Domestic Violent Extremism (DVE), radicalization, and hate-based violence. Over the summer, I completed research, did administrative work, and attended events to support team objectives. I contributed the most work to building the database of the Prevention Practitioners Network, the interdisciplinary network of professionals united to end hate-based violence. I was fortunate enough to attend events on international actors in the Ukraine crisis on Capitol Hill, the Invent2Prevent competition final presentations at the Department of Homeland Security, and the PTV team’s Summer Symposium at CFR.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This experience impacted me academically by challenging my abilities in a real-world environment. Despite having practiced writing many papers and presentations, managing this academic task with evolving situations, hard deadlines, and coordination with senior coworkers was challenging. This experience certainly helped to strengthen my time management skills, as well as my ability to take initiative on a project. My public speaking skills also improved, as I spoke with many leaders at the Institute, and briefed my team on issues with fellow interns weekly.

"Despite having practiced writing many papers and presentations, managing this academic task with evolving situations, hard deadlines, and coordination with senior coworkers was challenging."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This experience was incredibly beneficial to my career goals. I was able to practice networking with professionals in my areas of interest and begin to build out my own network in Washington, DC. I was also able to see different career paths that my team members and leaders at the Institute had taken, and they shared valuable information on their own stories to help me better refine my goals. Exposure to different career paths within my interest area and to DC culture will most likely prove most useful as I begin my professional career.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

The College of the Liberal Arts graciously awarded me enrichment funds for this unpaid internship experience in Washington, DC. I could not have taken this opportunity without the help of the College, as even additionally working part-time would not have been enough to pay for the experience. I cannot express enough thanks to the College for helping me afford this academic and professional development experience.

For more information on internships for Liberal Arts students, visit our website.

 

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