Peter Bisbee, a current student in the Grad Gateway Program is the go-to internship success story. For Bisbee, the last 4 months have been quite a whirlwind. He made a last minute decision to attend the Washington Semester Program after completing his undergrad at University of Michigan, where he studied history and had no idea what he wanted to do. He decided to apply and join the program because he felt like he was at a crossroads in his life.
Since then, Bisbee hasn’t looked back. So far, he’s loved his time in the Grad Gateway Program. His favorite professor is Dana Marshall, a teacher in the global business and trade Grad Gateway path.
When it was time to set up his internship, Bisbee received several offers. He chose to intern at the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies, a group of conservatives and libertarians dedicated to reforming the current legal order. He chose The Federalist Society because he was interested in law and loved the organization’s friendly company culture.
After less than a week on the job, Bisbee noticed that there was a position open for membership director on the Federalist Society’s website. Bisbee decided to take a shot and asked to interview for the position. To say the least, things worked out very nicely. He beat out two other candidates, got the job and started immediately. As the membership director, Bisbee has a very expansive role. He’s in charge of coordinating all members of different types and practice groups. His days are never the same and he deals with people all day. It’s a hectic job but Bisbee is getting valuable experience and making connections with DC power players
Bisbee is grateful to the Grad Gateway Program for “plopping” him into such a opportune position, but also recognizes that he went out and made it happen. He took an internship in a field that was completely unrelated to his Grad Gateway field of study but still reaped the benefits. He says that the program is very useful in giving people from other parts of the country internship opportunities that they never could have had during their undergrad years.
“I knew I had to get to DC somehow and the Grad Gateway gave me a great way to do it. My instructors gave me a lot of good advice and its been one of the best experiences of my life.”