Dr. Jabbawy met with Ellie at her Boston hotel when her parents were visiting from China. Ellie, a student at Northfield Mt. Hermon, participated in debate and writing for her school newspaper and had previously interned in a law firm in Shanghai. Because she became interested in political science and governmental relations and we were able to establish 2 part-time internships for her, one at the State House with the first, newly elected Asian State Representative and the second at a prestigious international governmental relations firm.
In her journal, Ellie wrote:
“I’ve been interning for three weeks and everything is going well. I really appreciate your help finding me housing. Now I only need to walk for 5 minutes to get to both internships. I didn’t expect that in each place, I would be the only high school student and the only international student.The work is very interesting and I get several projects to work on every day.
At the government relations firm:
I tweeted for clients, conducted research and drafted press releases. One time the HR manager asked me to go online and find potential clients for the firm. The senior vice president from the PR side was interested in an article that I shared with him and he asked me to write a pitch for this potential client.
At the State House:
The things I usually do include picking up the mail, drafting response to the constituents, going to intern seminars and hearings. The people are very nice and I’ve established close relationship with many people. There is always free food and this Wednesday there will be free Lobster!!
I think working in both places definitely integrated my knowledge about political science and public relations. I love my internships and thank you again for helping me find these great opportunities!”
In his letter of recommendation, the State Representative wrote,
“Ellie has been a wonderful asset to me and my legislative aide. Her strong communication skills have been invaluable when interacting with constituents… She was eager to attend hearings and legislative briefings and reported back findings to our office staff. On more than one occasion, she was chosen to introduce honorary speakers at the Legislative Intern Seminars, including MA Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray…I have no doubt that she personifies the character and skills of an excellent undergraduate student at your university.”