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Internship Ideas: Brittany at the DA's Office

During an advising appointment a few weeks ago, I found out that one of my currents students and advisees is doing an internship that I would have loved to have when I was an undergrad! No, she is not interning at a cupcake bakery. She is working as an intern at the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office! Dah dum! (Those were the Law & Order chimes, in case you couldn’t tell). I asked junior Communication Studies major Brittany Silveira if she would be willing to share her internship experience with us here on the blog.

Here she is…

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Q: Where do you intern and what do they do?

Brittany: “I intern at the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office and their office investigates and prosecutes crime in San Francisco while also supporting victims of crime. I work in the Communications department where they organize media and community events, organize the Department’s outreach materials, and track news stories.”

Q: How did you find this internship?

Brittany: “I heard about this internship in one of the emails about internship opportunities from Christine Lee.” (The COMS Department Program Assistant Extraordinaire!)

Q: Why did you decide to intern there?

Brittany: “I decided to intern there because they worked with the news, social media, and events, which are all careers paths that I consider taking. Also, the internship gives you an inside look at the criminal justice system and a chance to work around many lawyers, which really connected to me because I am considering law school after graduation.”

Q: What do you do on a regular basis at your internship?

Brittany: “Everyday I track news stories that the DA is featured in, along with news stories about local crime and law enforcement, as well as articles about local politics here in San Francisco. Every week I write up sample tweets about whatever policy the DA is working on. From that list, he and his team choose which ones will be sent out on his Twitter and Facebook. And I usually do a lot of research on policies that the DA wants to change and compare them to other surrounding counties.”

Q: What did you learn from this internship?

Brittany: “At this internship I learned a lot about assisting the media and community relations. As well as learning to track the news. I was never one to stay updated with what was going on, but now I know which stations and papers have better perspectives of what is going on in the Bay Area. I also learned a lot about networking through all of my phone calls with NY Times or the SF Chronicle as well local officers and school officials.”

Q: What advice do you have for other students looking for an internship?

Brittany: “Advice that I would offer other students is check your emails from Christine Lee! They are very helpful and easy ways to find job openings. But the biggest piece of advice would be do not be scared to put yourself out there and just turn in your resume. Even I didn’t think I would stand a chance at working in the DA’s office, but in the end I was one of the final two chosen for the position.”

Congratulations, Brittany! Thanks for sharing your experience at the DA’s office!

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The New Student Chronicles: Kianna Fernandez, Ch. 2

We’re checking in again with new student guest blogger Kianna! Here she is…

“It’s funny how fast a semester can fly by when you’re having fun. Three weeks into the semester I had the rude awakening of homework…of course I already expected it, but after the many Ghirardelli sundae trips, homework hadn’t really crossed my mind.

I quickly learned how truly possible it is to leave my heart in San Francisco, as even on campus standing on the top of Lomo I can look out and see the whole city before me. I’ve heard the saying “nothing is ever perfect” many times, but at the University of San Francisco, honestly I don’t see how it couldn’t be. Everything about living in a lively city and exploring with new friends has filled my days in college with so much joy that even when I go home for a weekend, as excited as I am to see my friends and family from back home, a part of my heart aches knowing I’m leaving people I truly care about behind in a city I’m completely in love with.

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Not only have I met many new amazing friends here, but I’ve also gained over one hundred sisters in a matter of a month. Rushing for Kappa Alpha Theta brought me close to so many strong, confident women I admire completely. My sisters created a sense of home I had been missing.

I can’t say I’ve stopped missing home and the amazing friends and family I have there, but in a way San Francisco is my home away from home. Yes, midterms can be crazy and it’s hard to find some alone time in a dorm building where I am completely surrounded by people, but it’s those same people who have helped me through it all. From the specific unique knocks on my door that bring a smile to my face because I know who it is before I’ve even left my desk to the late nights talking about everything from the past, present, and future, the people I’ve met have already made a lasting impact on my heart.

In the short two months I’ve been on my own I’ve learned a lot about myself. I’ve learned I really need to remember to balance my time better and carve out time to actually go out with friends instead of thinking I need to finish everything in one night (I’m still working on it though). I’ve learned to stand up for myself and be assertive when I feel it’s necessary. I’ve learned that even though I love having “me” time, when I actually have it I long for the moments when I’m listening to friends play the guitar and sing to our favorite songs. I’ve learned that navigating the bus system isn’t actually that terrifying. And believe me, with my sense of direction, if I can manage to not get lost on the bus nobody will have any major problems.

I know mid-semester is tough, from midterms to the realization that this is one’s new reality, it’s a big adjustment, but even when I feel alone, I know that everybody around me is going through the same thing. Yes, college is different. It’s new and exciting. It’s funny when I go back to Lodi, people ask me “So what’s your life like? Tell me everything!” Then I sit there and think: how can I possibly explain everything? How can I explain everything I’ve felt, from homesickness to excitement to stress to happiness to nervousness to… you get the idea. There’s a lot of different emotions in college, but after I’ve thought about it all, I look up and say the only answer I can: My life is everything I’ve ever dreamed and more. Simple…even in the most chaotic of moments, I still wake up and go to bed with a smile on my face knowing that everything I’ve ever done up to this moment got me to a place I am completely and totally in love with.

So, when people ask you what your life is like in college…I hope you can smile and laugh to yourself as you try to come up with a way to explain everything and after you’ve tried that, I hope you can look up with a big grin and say “My life is exactly the way I want it to be.”

Find joy in craziness, and happiness knowing the stress of midterms is almost over, and most of all find pure excitement knowing college is the place where dreams begin to take shape. Because soon, we’ll look back on every second we spend here and smile because it was life and we decided to live it.”