百合罗德里格斯'19 conducts archival research while interning at U.S. Citizenship and Immigr在i...当我还是一个小女孩,我在美国国家档案和记录管理局(NARA)或美国国会图书馆梦想着有一天的工作的。有一些关于这些巨大的机构高度引起了我的好奇心。我以为,他们充满了书籍和永无止境的非常重要的文件包含信息的无限量。此外,这些地方给我的印象非常聪明仅向以人为只有最好的最好的,我想,在我的小心思。似乎不可能有别人为普通有我自己都不能工作,或者在同一口径的机关。但最终,从我的梦想ESTA淡忘了,因为我去到成年。 

从小,我展示了阅读的热情和在很短的时间跨度丰富金额消化信息的资质。我通过书籍,就像是人的业务去了,消耗他们的话语和故事热切欢迎和学习的每一个机会一些新的机会。事后,ESTA对我在西南教育提供了重要基础消遣。我是在不知不觉中训练自己对我的职业生涯的本科作为一名历史专业和哲学未成年人的严谨性。历史课程要求在体积体积不断攻坚的材料阅读,组织和连贯报告。另外我的课程扶植我如何兽医来源,并质疑他们的权威,以及对在我们这个时代的最前沿,性别不平等问题反映:比如,环境可持续性和种族冲突的种族。

Six semesters came and went, and senior year was finally upon me. It was the last chance to meet my personal goal of graduating with three internships under my belt (I had already done two). Looking for one in the Austin area was out of the question, as I had no car. A friend then suggested looking into the New York Arts program, a semester-long, off-campus program in which students interested in the performing, visual, and communication arts work as apprentices in New York City (NYC). Each student is also assigned an advisor based in NYC who helps the student find an internship. I ended up quickly scrapping this option as well due to cost. Luckily, our school’s Center for Career & Professional Development (CCPD) came to my rescue. It was through their office th在 I found out about the Washington, DC, program. It was nearly identical to the NY Arts program, with the difference being it was much more af对于dable, it did not focus strictly on the arts sector, and finding an internship was solely the student’s responsibility. It was perfect. 

The Capitol and tulips.  信用:百合罗德里格斯'19

在这一点上,但是,我的命运真的在休息历史系手中。随着我的最后一个学期已一致的顶峰,哪些学生传统上必须履行在校园里。将DC取决于是否系主任,教授让我凯普斯具有较高程度的独立性,以履行过程中比通常提供。最终,他们做到了,他们的支持被证明是生活的改变。我无数的时间花在我的论文在道德的肯尼迪学院在乔治城大学的生命伦理学研究图书馆和医学在美国国立卫生研究院的图书馆做研究。在没有宇宙将我顶石纸这是什么已经没有访问这些中心。但最重要的,我在去年在美国国会,图书馆定期!我甚至有我自己的卡!这听起来很傻,但我记得我的时间有一样神奇和拥有超过我能描述的喜爱。我内心的小女孩,喜悦每个我坐在无可挑剔的红木办公桌的一次爆发,​​甚至当睡眠不足,严重压制的最后期限。虽然我最终没有工作 对于 美国国会图书馆,工作 图书馆做研究总是会骄傲的重要来源我。从能够得到学生的母校灵魂海陵是不小的机会,例如壮举。 

However, before I got to all that, I was still a bit scatterbrained back on campus. Once I got the green light from my professors, the race to find an internship began. I made a list of approximately 12 places to apply to and completed the application process by mid-October. DC has many prestigious opportunities, and it was nerve-wracking to even fathom the amount of competition I’d face. But even more daunting yet was the waiting period that followed, and at one point, I truly feared that come January, I’d be arriving in DC jobless. Thankfully, that was not the case. By the end of November, I had been called back for interviews from four different places and offered two positions: one at the NARA and one at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). I heard back from NARA and USCIS on the same day. The moment I found out was very special because it jolted me back to my childhood, when I dreamt of working at NARA. It was very humbling to realize such an opportunity was actually in my grasp now and that I was actually becoming the woman I strived to become. For several days, I went back and forth between the two; both were excellent options. Ultimately, I decided to go with USCIS due to the nature of the agency. Since it deals with citizenship, immigration, asylum, and refugee matters, I figured that such experience would be more transferrable to potential jobs after graduation. Plus, I’d be working in the agency’s History Office & Library, which put me at ease from 对于egoing an internship 在 NARA. USCIS’s History Office & Library also includes an impressive collection rivaling any other archival repository in DC. 

百合罗德里格斯'19 with a snowy Capitol in the background. 信用:百合罗德里格斯'19在移民局,我是出入境记录和数据分析员实习生。每天的基础上,我通过公共记录和法律去,学习如何导航提取政府数据库,公众联邦移民和入籍法律实施的参考请求数据的复杂性,并获得了难民和庇护的全面了解流程。此外,我跟踪签证,外来文件,移民人口和入境口岸的统计数据。我不再企业之一包括对双重国籍的一个研究项目,通过打开终端产品进入了美国国土安全部机构范围通讯的目的。是我的上司历史学家芬克尔斯坦扎克Wilske和佳佳。这是我第一次遇到历史学家工作的学术环境之外的,所以这是非常有价值的,看看有什么公共历史职业生涯看起来像行业。这与他们并肩重申奉行一个历史学位工作是最好的事情我已经做了一个,可能是有提供给我,确实有很多专业的路径。

另一个主要项目是我合作过在我在移民局的时间是如何在美国一份详尽的报告创造了世界上最大的移民拘留制度。它结合所进行的马歇尔计划与 守护者 艾米莉卡尔德隆kassie和安德鲁记者。贡献ESTA我的任务包括从20世纪60年代起提供kassie和卡尔德隆原始数据的大量,并从储存在移民局旧的磁带媒体做大量的转换。此外,这个技能我开发我的历史证明了整个至关重要的我的任务主要和次要的轨道涉及的来源。从解构的查询和响应广大公众解释记者仗着我能够找到并解释正确的源材料。 

总体而言,这是一个非凡的经历,我会实习重复的心跳。此外,我会再次追求同样的学术轨迹因为没有我的历史学专业,它不会有可能得到。住在DC一个学期激励我继续做梦大,追求我的野心,不管如何崇高,他们可能刚开始看起来。另外我在移民局的实习使我认识到,毕业后我人权为本的找寻工作。目前找工作正在进行中。