Each summer, college students across the country secure internships to gain valuable skills for their future careers. Armin Fakhrai ’19, a business administration major, landed a foreign policy internship at the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) in Washington, D.C.
While familiar with NIAC, Fakhrai first learned of the internship when he visited the Career Development office in Oglethorpe’s A_LAB, and it was recommended he look into internships based in D.C. This is Fakhrai’s first internship.
At the council, Fakhrai’s daily tasks include monitoring and researching congressional activities, attending congressional hearings and policy briefings, drafting action alerts, and focusing on issues such as the Iran Nuclear Deal, the Muslim Ban, as well as other current geopolitical issues.
Fakhrai, a rising senior, credits Core classes, as well as business classes, for preparing him for the internship experience. “My business major skills help me with the analytical side, but I think the Core Program at Oglethorpe has helped me the most. The ability to think critically and writing skills I have acquired through Core have helped me the most during the course of the internship,” he said.
He has also acquired new skills during the internship, including political writing and a first-hand understanding of how the U.S. government functions.
“The amount of work that goes into advocating for legislation to be proposed and how much influence it has, especially for the Iranian community in America, every piece of legislation, whether positive or negative, has a major impact on us and our relatives back home.”
Fakhrai’s favorite parts of the job are networking with professionals and advocacy organizations and attending panels featuring prominent intellectuals and officials. He also enjoys the culture D.C. has to offer.
“D.C. is a great city with really good public transport, good food, and many museums and historical sites to visit. If you’re someone interested in politics, D.C. is a great place.”
After college, Fakhrai plans to attend graduate school to pursue a master’s degree in international relations and eventually to work as a political consultant or foreign policy analyst.