Public Policy Intern, Washington, DC - July 4, 2015
Lots of policy writing involved with a very good and supportive team. There is some physical lobbying done where 3-4 people from NCTE will visit members of congress or government agencies, and they do take the inters to these meetings but unless it has been discussed ahead of time inters don't talk during these meetings. You get a lot instruction on what you are doing and how you should do your work. You are given specific tasks to work on, then your assignment is reviewed (everyone's work is reviewed even actual employees), you are given feedback, then you go adjust your work or pass it on to someone else. There are two office meetings a week just to make sure that everyone knows what everyone else is working on and where everyone is going to be. Very little is left to chance, a lot of strategy goes into each project. Analysis is run on the possibility of success of each project and a realistic projection is made in order to allocate scare brainpower. Other groups don't always get along with them but they do actually know what they are doing.