Jamie Treto at the Partnership for Public Service: a Washington D.C. internship story

Hometown: Garden City, KS

Major(s) / Minor(s): Political Science, pre-Law, and Business (minor)

Internship title and organization:

Government Transformation and Agency Partnership Intern, Partnership for Public Service.

What were your responsibilities during your internship?

"I was in charge of meeting with senior executives from all agencies like Homeland Security, NASA, IRS, and writing executive summaries of our meetings with them. "

I also helped coordinate and organize events, as well as create handouts for these events.

What was your favorite part(s) of the internship?

My favorite part of the internship was being able to attend events where speakers like a former astronaut from NASA spoke about resilience and what it took to get to the moon.

I also really enjoyed creating a project and having that project chosen.

"I also really enjoyed creating a project and having that project chosen because "I got to lead our internship group through an “innovative learning session” to one of the museums downtown."


What did you gain from the experience that will be valuable to you in the future?

My internship had weekly intern seminars where they gave us “real world” advice and helped us become better writers, critical thinkers and helped a lot of the interns find jobs in D.C.

How had the classes you’d taken at KU prepared you for the internship?

In meetings with other staff, I was familiar with many of the issues brought up during the discussions because of the previous political science classes I had taken.

Jamie Treto and a KU Political Science class.
Jamie Treto and a KU Political Science class.

Why did you choose your majors and minor? 

I chose this path because I would like to be an attorney and own my own practice. I have known I wanted to be an attorney since I was 5 or 6 years old because of a funny and very old movie that introduced me to a much more glamorous and overly dramatic view of an attorney’s life.

What do you like best about studying in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at KU?

The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences is a great fit for me. The professors are all very kind and are always willing to help any way that they can. I have enjoyed every single class I have taken so far.

What do you plan to do after graduation?

After graduation, I plan to attend Law school and start practicing law one day. I also hope to earn an MBA as well.

What motivates you?

My family is my biggest motivation. I am a first-generation student, so I want to show my younger family members that it is possible to get a college education regardless of all the obstacles that sometimes lie in our way. I hope that my decision to further my education will not only instill a desire for them to learn, but to also motivate them to be the best they can be.

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