Politics major and international studies minor Mary Dyche ’19 (Lousiville, Kentucky) is spending her summer as a research intern at the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C.
Throughout the internship, Dyche has primarily worked on Cato’s First Amendment Project with John Samples, who is a vice president at the Institute. She also attends Cato Research Seminars, which are held three to four times a week with Cato policy analysts or guest speakers.
“I knew I wanted to work in Washington, D.C. and had often come across Cato’s work when doing research at Centre College,” Dyche said. “Secondly, I knew I wanted to learn more about Cato as an organization and be in a public policy think tank.”
While in Washington, D.C., Dyche has been able to attend various events at other think tanks. She has had the opportunity to research and learn more about topics that are paramount in our national dialogue, including surveillance and privacy, immigration policy, a libertarian view of foreign policy, America’s criminal justice system and several others.
Dyche said her Centre courses have laid the foundation for her to build on while learning about policy.
“The politics and international studies classes I have taken thus far at Centre have of course helped me, and this internship has been all the more interesting after taking Civil Liberties with Dr. Dan Stroup,” she added.
This internship experience has been meaningful to Dyche, and she said it will likely be beneficial to her in her career after Centre.
“The internship program includes writing and research seminars and public speaking workshops, which have sharpened my skills in these areas and built on what I have learned at Centre,” she said. “Moreover, it has been great to get experience in the working world.”
After Centre, Dyche plans to attend law school, and she said this internship fits into that plan, as she has heard a number of lectures from Cato’s law scholars and discovered that other Cato interns are currently in law school.
“This internship has helped me develop the skills to further advance liberty and understand Cato’s guiding principles—individual liberty, limited government, free market and peace,” she concluded. “I have learned to use these core principles as tools to examine current policy debates.”
by Kerry Steinhofer
July 26, 2018