A student in the Political Science program, Sarah Aldridge completed her internship with the Sustained Dialogue Institute and the Senate Committee for Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions in Washington DC. With Sustained Dialogue, she worked closely with staff to develop and carry out projects that assisted the Sustained Dialogue Campus Network in trainings and diversity work, and also participated in event planning for the National Dialogue Awards, which honored U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Sarah had this to say about her internship experience:
“Every day, I am working in the nation’s capital on research and projects dealing with diversity, politics, and education policy, which is my passion. Since my first summer teaching with the Children’s Defense Fund’s Freedom School program in Charlotte, NC, I have known that my passion was for education policy and creating a public education system that builds up democracy and gives all students an even-playing field to achieve. Through my internships with the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee and the Sustained Dialogue Institute, I have received hands-on experience in developing programs and research for education reforms through both a policy and non-profit setting. I hope to return to Washington after graduation and continue working for education equity, as well as pursue a postgraduate degree in public policy."