Suzanne Youngblood, a recent graduate of the University of South Carolina and an alumna of the 2015 DC internships programs, is a true example of a DC internship success story. She recently moved back to DC for a full time position with Gavel Resources, where she interned last summer. Read below to hear about her experience with the DC internships program impacted her senior year and her decision to come back to DC.
What was the best part of your internship?
The best part of my internship was developing one-on-one relationships with the partners and council advisors. Eachindividual encouraged and gave me advice beyond the realm of the office. They believed, supported and strengthened my desires to lead and make a difference.
What was the most important thing you took away from your internship?
The most important take away from my internship was the support and mentorship provided by Gavel Resources. Gavel Resources is the reason I came back to DC.
What was the most valuable piece of advice you learned while in DC?
If you can’t stop thinking about it, don’t stop working on it!
What was your favorite class? Most valuable thing you learned in class?
Economics of Regulation at George Mason University provided me with a true understanding into the nexus betweenthe public and private sector. The class and my internship worked together to help me conceptualize the class lectures and apply it to real world experiences in my internship. I learned how to research efficiently, effectively and how to navigate the complicated legislative system on the Hill.
What was your favorite part of your summer with TFAS?
My favorite part of The Fund for American Studies was being able to connect and meet fellow TFAS students, alumni,staff, donors and board members. It is amazing to see all the individuals and components that helps make TFAS such anamazing program. I love staying involved with the organization and keeping up with all the friends I made over the summer.
How did TFAS help prepare you for your senior year and after college?
TFAS opened my eyes to the possibilities of my next steps in life. Rather than going straight into law school aftergraduation, I decided to move to DC to further build up the foundation of professional development that started in theprogram. TFAS and my mentors have been the moving force that reaffirmed my purpose in life to lead and have a life of service.
Applications for the summer 2016 programs will be accepted on a rolling basis until March 16, 2016.NSCS members receive an exclusive 5% discount off of the program tuition. Members MUST contact Dana Faught, Associate Director of Recruitment and Admissions, at to identify themselves as NSCS members and toqualify for the special 5% discount that is available. For more information and to be begin an online application, pleasevisit