Internships provide valuable work experience. But they can also lead to a deeper understanding of the world. That was the case for Taylor Broshar ’18, who spent the fall 2017 semester interning for the Consumer Protection Division of the Iowa Attorney General’s Office. This division protects Iowa consumers from fraud and unfair business practices. Broshar committed 16 hours each week to work including handling consumer complaints, assisting attorneys with research, preparing legislative memos and completing administrative tasks.
Broshar says her college studies helped her gain necessary experience in preparation for this position. “As a political science major, I have developed excellent writing and research skills as well as a fundamental understanding of the structure and functions of state government,” she says. “Additionally, while studying abroad in London and completing an internship with the British Parliament, I gained valuable experience researching government legislation and policy, which proved beneficial to my role as an intern.”
“My experience in conducting policy and legislative research has affirmed my aspirations to attend graduate school and pursue a career in public or international policy.”
Taylor Broshar ’18
One of Broshar’s tasks as an intern was to research legislation and policy across all 50 states to examine what other states are doing to combat the opioid epidemic. Her research helped her learn more about how the crisis originated, how widespread addiction is across the country and what options states have to deal with the problem.
Broshar says her internship has provided her with crucial insights and direction for her future career path.