NASFAA didn’t have to go far to catch up with former Dallas Martin Fund for Education in Public Policy and Student Aid (DME) Intern Charlotte Etier, as just last week, she joined the organization full time as our new Research Analyst!
That’s only one exciting development in Charlotte’s life since she completed her internship with NASFAA in the summer of 2013. She got married (and now goes by Charlotte Pollack), worked on the financial aid front lines, and recently relocated to Washington, D.C.
“It’s been a busy year,” Charlotte acknowledges. After completing her internship, she graduated from Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) with a master’s of science in counselor education with a specialization in student development in higher education. She launched her career as a financial aid officer at the University of Connecticut, and continued her thesis research on financial literacy and its effect on student indebtedness and graduation rates.
Through it all, she used knowledge gained as a DME intern to succeed, she said.
“I am very thankful for having the experience as the NASFAA DME intern and feel it greatly enriched my time at CCSU and UConn,” Charlotte said. “Having a larger understanding of how decisions made by Congress can affect financial aid administrators and the financial aid process greatly assisted me while working in a financial aid office and interacting with other offices on campus.”
That’s not her only takeaway from the DME internship, however.
“Getting to be in Washington working with NASFAA’s Policy & Federal Relations team was amazing, but even more so was getting to interact with the NASFAA membership during Advocacy Pipeline days, other events on the Hill and in the office, and during the 2013 National Conference,” Charlotte said. “Everyone I met was so passionate about financial aid and cared so deeply about what they did – it was truly inspirational!”
Charlotte feels inspired by the field of financial aid, too, and hopes to “stay within financial aid for quite some time.” She will kick off her time at NASFAA by helping to facilitate NASFAA members’ participation in the College Board's fourth annual Trends in Student Aid survey on Institutional Loans.
“As I worked in a financial aid office for the past year and continued my research on financial aid I know it is an area which makes a huge impact on students’ lives and I hope to continue working to help it do so,” Charlotte said.
Take a look back her internship experiences in Charlotte's Corner, and look for Charlotte at future NASFAA Conferences and events!
Publication Date: 7/29/2014