Lucy Hoagland ’13 has been accepted to a communications internship at The Center for American Progress in Washington D.C., where she is working on research and communications projects under the think-tank’s ThinkProgress War Room.
Utilizing her HWS education, Hoagland views her work at The Center For American Progress as a platform to promote her passions of women’s rights and health care. “No day is typical,” she says. “I have been able to attend a rally on immigration as well as hear a speech on the Senate steps. It’s been exciting for me.”
As a communications intern for the ThinkProgress War Room, Hoagland’s main responsibility is to aggregate and summarize news articles on relevant policy issues. Some of the news and data collected is then plugged into policy briefs or more concise, targeted fact sheets.
At HWS, Hoagland was a public policy major with a double minor in international relations and sociology. She views her time at the Colleges as fostering her political passions.
“When I arrived at HWS I had no idea what I wanted to major in,” says Hoagland, who was a recipient of the L. Thomas Melly ’52 Trustee Scholarship at HWS. After enrolling in a public policy course her first semester things changed. “I was hooked,” she says. “I am fascinated by analyzing policies and figuring out ways to make them more effective.”
While Hoagland sees her time in the classroom as the beginning of her career, she believes her experiences outside of the classroom furthered her understanding of how policy is enforced.
“In order to create effective public policies, it is necessary to examine not only the individual, but also the larger structures in which these behaviors operate,” she says.
Hoagland was able to apply this theory of cultural awareness through her time as an abroad student.
“The fall of my sophomore year, I had the opportunity to study off campus in Washington, D.C,” Hoagland says. “I fell in love with the city and culture. I knew D.C was the place I wanted to be.”
Reflecting on her time at the Colleges, Hoagland values her HWS experience.
“It was not until I left the Colleges that I was fully able to appreciate the advantages of a coordinating system,” she says. “William Smith provides an environment that encourages and supports its students on the path to developing their full potential.”
During her time at HWS, Hoagland worked as a senior intern for the president’s office and served as co-president of the Human Rights Collective. Additionally, Hoagland worked as a student assistant at the Salisbury Center for Career Services and Development.
Lucy Hoagland ’13 stands with fellow intern Dan Scheinfeld, a University of Rochester student, in the Rose Garden at the White House after a speaking engagement held by President Barack Obama.