Have you ever wondered what it would be like to work on Capitol Hill? Well, for the next 12 weeks I will provide you with the inside scoop on what it’s like to be working in D.C as a NASFAA Policy and Federal Relations intern. Before we get down to business, I would like to introduce myself.
Hi. My name is Blondeen Philemond and I am the Summer 2014 NASFAA policy intern for the Dallas Martin Fund for Education in Public Policy and Student Aid. The Dallas Martin Endowment (DME) was created to foster skills that would allow for the continuation of perceptive and impassioned financial aid advocates. Through this internship with NASFAA, I will gain more insight into how financial aid policy reform can be used to provide students with greater access to postsecondary institutions through research and advocacy. Through this blog, I will share a weekly post that will provide you with a behind the scenes glimpse into the life of a policy intern. With so much currently going on in the realm of financial aid policy, I’m excited and honored to share such impactful information with you. Each week, I will also share aspects of my journey into the education policy world in order to provide you with a better understanding of how I became a DME intern.
How did I get interested in education policy? My journey into the education sector began as an undergraduate student at Rutgers University where greater academic and financial support was offered to me through the Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF). In order to show my appreciation for such an important program, I became a member and ultimately Vice-President of the Educational Opportunity Program Student Association (EOPSA). Through this organization, I was given the opportunity to provide support to and advocate for the needs of students within the EOF program. In addition, I was offered the opportunity to provide initial support to high school students in need of assistance throughout their college search and selection process. I fell in love with working with students on issues that impacted me as well. I also knew that in order to effect large-scale change that would provide greater postsecondary access for students, I would need to pursue my Master’s Degree, receive formal training in the areas of admissions and financial aid, and work with as many students, parents, and advocates as possible in order recognize the most prevalent problems and provide pertinent solutions.
Stay tuned to this blog because next week I will offer greater insight into how I became involved with financial aid policy. I will also provide the first behind the scenes look into my personal and policy related experiences in D.C.
Now that you know a little about me, I’d like to know more about you.
How did you get involved with financial aid?
What are your financial aid policy interests?
You may leave comments in the comment box below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if interested in getting in contact with me. I hope to hear from you soon.
Publication Date: 6/12/2014