Jordan Choy is a rising senior at Northeastern University majoring in History and double minoring in Political Science and International Affairs. This summer, he is working as a communications intern with the Natural Resource Manager at the USDA Forrest Service.
What major projects are you working on in your internship? What responsibilities are you most excited about and why?
I am a communications intern with the Natural Resource Manager at the USDA Forest Service. The projects I will be working on include writing employee spotlights, helping to reorganize NRM documents, mapping out NRM employees, and streamlining communications. In July, I will be flying out to Oregon for a few days to attend an NRM meeting. I am looking forward to visiting Oregon for the first time and exploring Portland.
When did you realize you wanted to explore public service?
I was fortunate enough to grow up in the only Chinese territory that enjoys basic freedoms, like the right to free speech, the right toassembly, and the right to vote. I have also developed a strong pride in calling myself an American, and I am grateful for the role that the United States has played in advocating for freedom on the world stage, especially as these freedoms in my home city are under constant assault by the regime in Beijing. For most of my life, I’ve had a healthy appreciation for public service and have always wanted to serve my country, either through the military or through the Foreign Service (two organizations I still have enormous respect for). While foreign policy has and continues to be a strong passion of mine, I have serious reservations about the stark reversals of decades of our nation’s foreign policy priorities and have come to the conclusion that it would be a mistake to serve an administration that I have such strong disagreements with. I have since decided to take a more domestic approach, and it was especially my internship with Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi’s office, where I witnessed the hard work of dedicated staffers, that pushed me down the path of serving our nation domestically.
What are your plans/ goals after this internship? Are there any goals you want to accomplish this summer?
As I graduate in May next year, I would like build connections that would allow me to work either as a communications staffer on Capitol Hill or on the upcoming midterm elections next year, which I believe will be the most important elections that the United States has seen in decades. Another area I’m interested in is speechwriting, which always seems like a rewarding experience, and would be a way to use my areas of interest to make strong and lasting impacts. I am currently undecided on whether I would rather move to DC or back to California, but I would be happy in either of those places.
What are you looking forward to in DC / where your internship is located?
I believe that history is made in this city, which is something that I appreciate as a history major. I am also hoping that my time in our nation’s capital will allow me to connect with people that share similar goals. I would also like to explore the sites of DC and make lifelong friends through the CAPAL program.
What do you do for fun?
Any advice to those who want to apply to the CAPAL program/ go into public service?
One piece of advice that I’ve heard that has stuck with me is that it is hard to put passion in a resume. Working in communications has given me a strong appreciation for the power of words and the effect that they can have on people. Being able to express and articulate your passion is an incredibly important skill that can leave a lasting impact and a positive impression.
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Nattacha Munakata is currently a rising sophomore at George Mason University, studying Community Health with a concentration in Clinical Science (Pre-med). On campus, she is Peer Health Advisor, working to raise awareness and educate students on health issues. She is also involved in TEDxGMU and Thai Student Association. Outside, she likes to volunteer for local organizations and events, such as the DC Sakura matsuri and her local FIRST robotics team. During her free time, she likes to watch Netflix dramas and explore new music.