As part of Centre College’s Centre-in-Washington program, politics and history double major Blaise Parker ’20 (Old Fort, North Carolina) is taking advantage of the Centre Commitment by interning this semester at The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies.
Parker was assigned to the organization’s division known as the “Practice Groups,” where he is assisting in research surrounding legal and public policy issues.
“I am interested in going into law school after I graduate from Centre, and so naturally, I wanted to do an internship that would help me build the skills needed to do well in law school, and this was offered in the position at The Federalist Society,” he said. “They make it a point that interns receive substantive work that will ensure we are doing something beneficial for ourselves and not just giving tours or answering phones.”
Parker expressed how much it means to him to have this opportunity in Washington, D.C.
“With the opportunities Centre has offered me, including this Centre-in-Washington one, I believe that I will be able to do something influential,” he said.
Parker credits the research skills needed to succeed at Centre as being a useful tool to help him throughout his internship experience, as well as the writing skills he’s developed in his courses.
“I am hoping to take away a better understanding of my own personal legal and political beliefs and be able to have beneficial discussions about them,” he concluded. “I also hope to have built a network of personal relationships that might help me in the post-graduate professional world.”
by Kerry Steinhofer
March 15, 2019
Header image: Blaise Parker ’20 (center) attends a conference in Washington, D.C., as part of his internship experience.