PSIA Senior Terry Wright Lands Internship in Douglas Collins’ Office
Political Science senior Terry Wright began her internship last week in the office of Congressman Douglas Collins. Majoring in Political Science, Terry’s minor is in Psychology.
The internship will last throughout the fall semester. She currently is interning there on Tuesdays and Thursdays, fulfilling the required UNG Political Science course 4485B. Collins represents the 9th district in Georgia.
Terry says she is a huge fan of Collins and that she is “thrilled to be there” to work for a governmental representative who “cares so much about his constituents.” She notes that the office is very busy and that the personnel are extremely friendly. For her internship, Terry answers the phone and conducts research. She notes that the phone calls come from across the nation. The top concern? The USPS issue. She says that her research ensures that they are getting the right information out to people and to fix what is wrong.
She obtained the internship after she learned about it in an UNG email. She got in touch with the contact person and learned that the internship was not campaign-based, as was advertised; rather it is an office position. Once she found that out, she reached out to Collins, got an interview and was selected as the intern for this semester.
Terry notes that she has loved her classes in the PSIA department, especially the courses “The Road to the White House, “American Constitutional Law” and “Political Science for the South,” all taught by Dr. Douglas Young. She says, “Dr. Young is an amazing professor.”
Her favorite course in her psychology minor was PSYC 4406, “Special Topics, Positive Psychology” taught by Dr. Bibia Redd. She says, “I loved that class because it celebrated being the victor instead of the victim and Dr. Redd was a fabulous professor.”
In addition to her internship, for which she will write a 12-page paper on a political science book of her choice, she is taking POL SCI 3600 (research methods) and POL SCI 4206 (Russian foreign policy). In the spring, she will take her senior seminar course, a class that you must take in the last semester of your Political Science degree, as well as her last Psychology course.
Once she finishes school, she would like to use her degrees in some meaningful way, such as supporting causes she cares about, or in a research-based position.
Terry says, “I’m so thankful to UNG, it has been so great for me. The administration, faculty and professors care about you. People in the PSIA department really want to help you succeed and I’m just really thankful for that.”