Meaghan O’Brien spent her past summer interning at FP1 Strategies in Washington, D.C. in their Public Affairs and Digital Departments.
What were your internship responsibilities?
My responsibilities varied day to day, but generally I was trusted with sending out a morning monitoring report, continuous monitoring of social media, and staying on top of office tasks. I was an assistant war room analyst, which allowed me to monitor media, as well as a social media monitor, which allowed me to analyze social media in real time. However, FP1 is so much more than that, so I was fortunate enough to be able to help as needed on many other important projects.
What did a normal work day look like?
I arrived early, around 6 am, in order to media monitor. That would last until 9 am, which is when I would transfer to working on my digital social media monitoring, as well as assisting Public Affairs until about 2 pm. I loved my schedule! Mornings were easy after a nice cup of coffee, and my schedule allowed me to go out and explore D.C!
How did you find your internship?
I found this internship through a classmate who was involved in one of my student organizations. Her former boss knew the work produced by FP1, and my friend thought I would enjoy it!
How did this internship impact your future career plans?
My internship allowed me to confirm that this is indeed the career path I would like to take. Being a political consultant is a dream of mine and working with the amazing people at FP1 Strategies has reconfirmed my commitment to my dream.
What advice would you give other students seeking an internship?
Use your networks! Everyone in college is trying to build a strong network of professionals, so use your friends for help!