King's student interning at prominent DC polling agency
Each summer, numerous students at The King’s College obtain internships all over the world.
NEW YORK, July 7, 2009--Each summer, numerous students at The King’s College obtain internships all over the world. Some stay in New York City. Others traverse the continent—from San Diego to Washington, DC. And a few even travel abroad. This year, our students are interning in such diverse fields as polling, publishing, NGOs, politics, think tanks and service industry organizations.
Laura Herrod, a sophomore from Phoenix, AZ, is one such student. She interns for The Polling Company/Woman Trend, which does research and marketing analysis to aid nonprofits, organizations and political organizations. Started by political analyst Kellyanne Conway, The Polling Company is now one of the most respected polling agencies in the nation.
Working in the Washington, D.C. office, Herrod has the opportunity to pursue topics which interest her. Currently, she and the company are spending time researching for the upcoming health care debate in Congress.
She recently attended a conference with Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC), revealing the Republican Health Care Plan. Herrod and The Polling Company were in attendance to show that recent New York Times/CBS polling data was skewed. The poll was, as she said, “not reflective of the American public, because it’s not portraying both sides. It’s asking liberals what they think and then making it look like it’s reflective of the nation.”
Herrod attributes The King’s College with preparing her to succeed in a high-profile, fast-paced political setting. “King’s has given me the writing and speaking skills, and the background knowledge necessary to grasp the topics we’re dealing with,” she said. Having taken multiple writing and journalism courses at King’s, she feels ready to both research and write for various projects in the office.
Moreover, her politics, philosophy and economics courses help her to “analyze the root of the issues, to look at the philosophies behind it and to see how the philosophy applies to practicality.” Working with public opinion requires an understanding of the policies of government that have shaped American life. Herrod said that knowing the underlying ideas—studied in her coursework—have proved quite valuable during her analytic work.
In addition to her duties, Herrod also has the opportunity to make full use of resources in the nation’s capital. She attends events put on by various organizations, such as Sen. DeMint’s conference, or a lecture on social justice and evangelicalism by King’s provost Marvin Olasky at the American Enterprise Institute.
One of the greatest parts of a summer internship, Herrod said, is that “I get to be a spectator to what’s going on in DC, to see how God works in the city and to interact with successful Christian people that serve as examples of how we should live.”
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