Through her Levitt Public Service Internship, Maggie Whalen ’14 was able to put her Hamilton education to work. She worked at No Labels, a non-profit organization that seeks to end partisanship in Congress. Whalen wrote and edited micro-targeted emails to constituents, op-eds and blog posts, and even co-authored an op-ed that was published in The Hill, the Congressional Newspaper. She also had the opportunity to observe hearings and events on behalf of No Labels, evaluating and analyzing new methods for the organization to further cooperation within Congress.
Whalen worked mostly in the Digital Media and Press departments doing different types of writing work. She also learned new skills by working in the Research and Field Outreach department, coming up with ideas for projects that have been taken on by others in the office, such as a farmer's market outreach campaign and a crowd-sourced blog composed of pieces written by affiliates and guest writers. Whalen noted, “Seeing and being involved in the operational side of a small non-profit was exciting, and affirmed my desire to go into public service in the non-profit sector.”
One of the highlights of her internship was all the opportunities she had to meet and speak with others in the field. Whalen says that the one speaker that stood out to her was Dr. James Zogby of the Arab American Institute, whom she had the opportunity to network with. She also had the chance to hear many other people speak at No Labels’ annual “Policy Day” on Capitol Hill on the issues of gridlock, hyper-partisanship and cooperation in Washington. “Being able to meet so many diverse people that have amazing and interesting careers has definitely broadened my understanding of what a career in public service can be,” said Whalen.
Whalen is grateful for the funding she received through the Levitt Center, and says that she would not have been able to afford an internship in DC without it. “This funding enabled me to have an experience that both broadened and focused my interest in public service, and has given me a real taste of the type of career I eventually want to pursue. I already know that this summer will open innumerable other doors for me,” said Whalen.