What was the moment in your life when you realized you wanted to explore public service?
I became interested in working in public service when I was in high school taking AP US History. I realized that the history of the US is defined by the actions of government, business and community leaders who cared greatly about the welfare of the nation and its people. This has inspired me to pursue a career path where I can be part of a legacy of such incredible people.
What are your main responsibilities at your position? What are you looking forward to the most in your position?
I am working this summer as part of USDA Forest Service Ecosystem Management Coordination Staff. I am mainly responsible for highlighting exciting projects happening in the Forest Service across the country! Through a program called Citizen Science, we are trying to get the public more involved in engaging with nature by volunteering to help local scientists conduct research. This includes activities such as monitoring butterflies or surveying trees. I am e
xcited to hear the stories of the Forest Service team and volunteers about the work they have been doing.
How does this internship help you with your professional goals? What do you want to get out of it?
I am potentially interested in working in the government after graduation so I would like to see how different agencies operate before I enter the job market. It is a valuable experience to intern at the USDA Forest Service to observe how the office is managed and the work that they are doing. I would like to develop my writing skills and interviewing experience. I also hope to create lasting connections with the interns and staff I have had the pleasure to meet.
What is something that most people would not know about you?
I am a huge art lover whether it comes to making my own or going to one of the many galleries in DC. My favorite gallery in the city is the Hirschhorn Museum which has incredible modern art that changes every few months. It is a great museum that everyone should check out if they are ever in the area. Other than looking at art I really enjoy drawing and painting. I drew this in high school knowing that I would be going to DC for college. The other painting is currently hanging in my living room back home in New Jersey.
When you get off work, what do you do? What are your weekend activities?
I usually head home on the bus and try to take the rest of the night off. After an exhausting day commuting and working the best thing to do is get home, change into comfy clothes, and just relax. On the weekends I like to be active meeting up with friends I’ve made through the CAPAL program and with my college friends in the area. A few hobbies I really enjoy is to go rock climbing or hiking in a local park. I also love hitting up the local restaurants to try new foods.
Stephanie Dromerick is a rising junior at American University. She is pursuing a major in International Studies with a focus in the Global Economy and a minor in International Business. Stephanie has also served as the treasurer of the Asian American Student Union at American University which gives APIs a community where they can discuss issues important to them. After graduation she hopes to work towards a career that gives her the opportunity to help people whether it is through a non-profit or the government. In her free time she also enjoys drawing, hiking, and playing with her guinea pig Teddy. Stephanie looks forward to the experiences and memories she will gain this summer as part of the CAPAL program.
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Felicia Wong is currently a senior at the College of William and Mary, double majoring in Neuroscience and Asian American Studies, and minoring in Biochemistry. She is president of the Filipino American Student Association, and current non-academic projects include creating films calling for diversity curriculums/requirements and establishing an official APIA Studies program. Felicia was also elected president of Global Medical Brigades to lead a sustainable healthcare program in rural communities in Nicaragua. She hopes to connect her interests in healthcare with the community she has found in her cultural background. Having lived in Germany for most of her childhood, Felicia makes yearly trips back to visit her family, providing opportunities for her to indulge in her greatest joys: touring castles, eating at cafés, taking fashion cues from strangers, cooking with her family. Non-country specific pleasures include: biking, watching live music performances, screaming because Game of Thrones.