“I’m lucky to have received this extraordinary opportunity,” says Nicole Caravella ’10 of her internship at Senator Edward M. Kennedy’s office during what she calls “a pinnacle time in Senator Kennedy’s career.”
The political science major and international relations minor is spending her summer as an intern to Kennedy’s Deputy Press Secretary in Boston. Her main responsibilities revolve around press coverage involving the Senator. Every day, she monitors the media coverage of Kennedy and his interests and writes a memo that she e-mails to the Senator to brief him on her findings. She is also responsible for writing press releases, which lately have focused on stimulus funding, and has had the opportunity to attend frequent press conferences on behalf of Kennedy to show support for a variety of causes.
This past academic year, Caravella took a seminar about the effect of media on politics. “I apply what I learned in the classroom in every conversation with the press,” she says. She says the class she took, called Political Parties, “…has given me the upper-hand at my internship. It is crucial at the office to understand why people believe what they do and vote the way they do.”
This internship has further sparked Caravella’s interest in political science as a potential career. “I’m so impressed with the Senator and his staff’s passion for their work. The great things we accomplish here every day never fail to surprise me.”
On campus, Caravella is a coordinator for America Reads and co-editor for the Public Affairs Journal. She also spends several hours each week working at the Office of Admissions.
The internship was funded in part by the Bowman Internship Award for Leadership and Civic Engagement, established by Harry W. Bowman ’65.