Education minor Erin Raque ’19 is spending the spring semester in Washington D.C. through the Centre-In-Washington program, a study away opportunity that allows students to pursue career interests in a major metropolitan area. Raque’s internship at the nonprofit DC SCORES provides both soccer and writing lessons to public school students with the goals of increasing students’ academic success and self-confidence.
Raque’s wide-ranging responsibilities include meeting with elected officials who fund DC SCORES and coaching one of the nonprofit’s soccer teams. She also attends consulting sessions about how to increase the organization’s name recognition and influence in the Washington D.C. area.
In addition to gaining experience in the work required to fund a nonprofit and create a positive learning experience, Raque’s experience in the nation’s capital is teaching her the skills to successfully navigate a large city’s unique working environment.
“DC SCORES, and life in D.C. in general, is teaching me to work efficiently. Since D.C. is such a fast-paced city, I am learning to think ahead of my competitors in order to best meet the demands facing myself and the company,” she says.
Assistant Professor of Education Ellen Prusinski helped Raque find an internship in behind-the-scenes education work, introducing her to the important roles nonprofits, think-tanks and politics play in school reform.
“Education is a difficult field to navigate if you are not within the thick of things. Because of this, the education department professors were very helpful in finding different paths for internships this spring,” Raque says.
By Carbery Campbell ’19
March 14, 2018