Internship: The Fund for American Studies Programs
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Carolina Morales

Paterno Fellow
Major: Psychology
Minor: History
Hometown: Raleigh, NC

How did you learn about this opportunity?

I saw an announcement under internships in the Schreyer Honors College weekly announcements email.

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

This fall, I interned at the Department of Justice in the Consumer Protection Branch. The Consumer Protection Branch’s mission is to enforce and protect the consumer protection programs of four client agencies: the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Thus, the projects and cases that I worked on dealt with consumer fraud and protecting consumers. Some of the assignments I worked on were digesting consumer depositions to be used for summary judgment and use at trial, listening to recordings and transcribing information that indicates unlawful behavior, creating spreadsheets based on discovery materials and writing and responding to consumer letters dealing with fraud.

“Through my internship I was also able to attend a Supreme Court oral hearing and got to see and hear my idol Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor speak!”

How did this experience impact you academically?

I took three stimulating courses: one on economics and its effects on public policy where I learned about Austrian economics and one on Constitutional Interpretation where I delved deeper into learning about the foundation of our government - the Constitution.  The other course was an Internship Seminar where we learned about the inner workings of Capital Hill and the different professional opportunities there are in Washington, DC.  These courses helped me in developing a better understanding of how to use the law to affect and make better policy decisions and also gave me a better understanding of economics, the Constitution and DC politics in general.

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

My career goal is to become an attorney and one of the areas I’m interested in is health law. Working at the Consumer Protection Branch in the Department of Justice was a great way to be immersed and gain firsthand experience in this area, particularly because this branch deals with protecting consumers from fraud, much of which is related to health.  

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