Truman Scholar Mikaela Meyer details her Washington D.C. Summer Institute experience
Purdue senior Mikaela Meyer, the
first Boilermaker to earn the highly competitive federal scholarship, is sharing her thoughts about her time in the nation's capital for the Truman Washington D.C. Summer Institute.
"It is one of (if not) the best benefits offered by Truman," Meyer said. "I wish that I would have known more about Summer Institute when applying for Truman and over the last year leading up to it."
The Truman Scholarship recognizes demonstrated leadership potential and a commitment to public service.
In addition to providing up to $30,000 in graduate school funding and leadership training, the Truman program includes a summer institute while you intern in Washington D.C.!
The program is designed to deepen scholars' understanding of the national p
olicymaking process and enhance feelings of community. It also includes an 8-week public service internship at a
federal agency, major non-profit, or even the Supreme Court
Meyer worked at the Government Accountability Office. Her primary role involved working with a team to determine whether the statistical methods Homeland Security uses to calculate the number of undocumented immigrants in the country are valid.
"As part of this project, I was able to go to Homeland Security and a defense analysis think tank to help conduct interviews to prepare our report," Meyer said.
In her first week in D.C., Meyer:
- visited the African American History and Culture Smithsonian
- went to the House floor
- met with Congressional staffers
- visited the Pentagon
- and heard from former Truman Scholars
Other highlights included:
- A Q&A at the Supreme Court with Justice Neil Gorsuch, a Truman Scholar
- One-on-one meetings with representatives and senators
- A visit to the American Statistical Association and individual meetings with its executive director and science policy director