When I was in my senior year I took part in the DC internship program offered through Rutgers' Political Science program. I worked at the Australian Trade Commission at the Australian Embassy in Washington DC. I learned about international trade and investment by supporting the team across sectors on various projects. That experience directly influenced my ability to land a similar position with the British government in NYC upon graduation. Everyone else needed masters degrees to get the Business Development Associate role at UKTI; I was able to get it based solely on the transferable experienced I gained with RU Poli Sci. From there, every position I took in my career was intentional to build skills and grow as a professional. Most came through the network I built, but this coming Monday I'm starting a new position at a nonprofit in California as a Senior Communications Manager... and my new boss is a Scarlett Knight as well. We talked about it in my interview and it helped me land my next dream job.