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Year: '2020' - Month: '5'

My 2019 summer at the US Dept of Energy MEISPP

Hello! This is Tiffany Liu from University of Baltimore, majoring in Business-Finance. I have both accounting and legal background prior to pursuing current degree. I obtained bachelor’s and master’s degrees in law from China, with concentration in International Business Law. My master’s degree was granted by University of International Business and Economics, which is a highly renowned and prestigious law school in China. I came to the United States as an exchange student in Southern Illinois University School of Law when I was pursuing my master’s degree in law. In May 2018, I obtained a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Exam Qualification Certificate and my goal is to pass all four sections of the CPA exam by August 2020 and then become a licensed CPA. I was certified by the IRS in Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) and I provided free tax preparation services to over 100 families in Baltimore in spring 2019. I am also working as a graduate assistant in financial operations at University of Baltimore and serving on the Board of Directors of CCBC Alumni Board. Even though I changed my career from law to accounting and finance, my legal background equipped me with a meticulous attitude and exceptional critical thinking skills.

Outside of school and work, I like reading, listening to Ted Talks, world news, and audio books about history, politics, economy, and investments. I like jogging and yoga and hope to run both half-marathon and marathon one day. My life motto is “Life isn’t meant to be easy and anything worth having is worth sweating for”.

I have always desired to intern in the federal government to have a taste of working for the government. MEISPP made my dream come true. This internship solidified my determination to pursue a career with the federal government.

During my internship at DOE, I worked as the budget analyst at the Office of Management. Ms. Sylvia Colley was my direct supervisor. My major responsibilities were interpreting the laws and regulations related to federal agency’s budget management and internal controls, including the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circulars No. A-11, A-123, and A-126, the CFO Act of 1990, Federal Managers’ Financial Integrity Act of 1982 (FMFIA), and Standards for Internal Control in the Federal Government (The Green Book). I developed and updated the Standard Operation Procedures (SOPs) on Internal Controls Reporting, Official Reception and Representation, and Non-Commercial Travel.

This internship left an invaluable legacy in my career development. This experience and the spirit of DOE will have a profound impact in every step of my future journey. 

                                                                                                                                                                                       

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How the MEISPP Internship Changed My Life

 MEISPP helped me break into the world of STEM and the federal government

 
                                                                                                                
 

Joining the Minority Educational Institution Student Partnership Program (MEISPP) allowed me to break into the STEM field. MEISPP achieves this by giving students-the opportunity to work alongside leading scientists, engineers, and other top professionals at the Department of Energy Headquarters in D.C. and even at the Department of Energy National Labs! This experience boosted my resume and opened the door to future opportunities in STEM for me, including a job offer from the DOE National Lab in Idaho Falls and multiple offers from PhD programs impressed with my diversified skill set. 

I was able to live and work comfortably in Washington, D.C. and have savings left over!

MEISPP is a unique internship-- students are actually compensated well! Interns receive a bi-weekly student stipend for 40 hours of work, 5 days a week. They also do not have to cover the cost of housing, only the cost of getting to and from work (which is usually via metro). This allowed for me to live comfortably and even have some cash saved up by the time I left! It was not uncommon for students to join the internship and save most of their earnings. This is easy since D.C. has tons of free stuff to do, including festivals, museums, and cultural events every week! If you are feeling like spending a little dough, you have access to some of the world’s finest restaurants and concerts while you are there over the summer (and plenty of new friends to enjoy them with)!

I was able to help others

When working for the Department of Energy, or any federal job for that matter, you are serving the public. There are a plethora of roles at the DOE that allow you to positively impact the lives of the American people. During my internship, my role was to connect women and minorities to opportunities in STEM through the Office of Civil Rights.

In addition, it is a requirement of the MEISPP interns to participate in a volunteer session with their peers. This allowed me to get into the D.C. community and do my part. Last year, we volunteered at the Day of Archaeology Festival at the historic Dumbarton House in D.C., and it was a blast. Being out in the community is what public service is all about!

I made lifelong friends

The biggest reward of this internship is the lifelong friendships that you will build during your time in MEISPP. From exploring D.C., attending fun events, networking, professional skill building workshops, and living in close proximity to fellow interns, you will meet the most inspiring and hard-working people. I still frequently visit D.C. and have lunch with my old coworkers. I talk to members of my cohort all the time on social media. The networks I built while in MEISPP are priceless to me. That is what makes it the best internship in the world! I highly encourage everyone to apply. 

 
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Interns View into Policy and Law

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My name is Felix Vazquez-Guemarez, and I just completed a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Puerto Rico. This upcoming fall, I will embark on a new journey: University of Puerto Rico Law School. I feel confident enough to start this new challenge, mainly because I have been fortunate enough to participate in the MEISPP internship for the second time, during which I have been exposed to countless hands on experiences that will definitely be...

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