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Kimberly Kraska

Internship: Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE)

October 12, 2021 | Hey Everyone! It is October 12th, and I have been interning for Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) for almost a month now! I really enjoy being a communications intern. I work from 9am to 4pm on my three internship days. I am in person on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and virtually on Fridays. I start my day researching news that pertains to oil, infrastructure, and geopolitical issues, and compiling it to send out to staff so they can easily inform themselves on the current events. After that, I do research and work on newsletters to go out to current or prospective donors. I also attend the larger staff meetings in addition to meetings with the Communications team every Wednesday. I’m learning that it is important to remember to be a team player. As an intern, you will often end up helping in areas that were not specifically outlined in your job description. Take every opportunity as a chance to learn more, whether that be about the organization , a software program, or writing style.

One of the things I was most stressed about coming into the Cornerstone Program was feeling overwhelmed and having too much on my plate, especially as a freshman doing an internship in the first semester. Now that I am in a routine, I do not feel overwhelmed at all. In fact, one of my favorite parts of going to work is how productive it makes me. I get back from work in a good mindset to do my homework efficiently.

When I am not busy with internship or academic work, I spend a lot of time in my floor’s lounge or on the quad. The Letts-Anderson Quad is a great place to read a book or meet up with friends, and the Main Quad is great for laying out in the sun or playing volleyball. I have also started working as a Deputy Editor for Agora. I really enjoy editing other people’s work, so when I heard the position was still available it felt like fate. There are so many different clubs and activities to involve yourself in; every person can find their niche. Outside of campus, my friends and I make many late night runs to grab Taco Bell, Insomnia Cookies in Georgetown, or meet up with friends from Howard University. In my opinion though, you do not have to go any farther than the Tenleytown Panera Bread to find the best chocolate chunk cookies. I am so grateful that American University provides students with an unlimited Metrocard. I would not be able to experience half of the fun adventures outside of AU without it, and not transport to and from work would be pricey.

Photograph of Kimberly Kraska's dog

During Parents’ Weekend, I went home to see my puppies and go on an official visit to Rutgers University with my sister. As a recruit for their softball team, we had the opportunity to tour their facilities and attend a football game against Ohio State. It was great to see another college campus up close, but it only made me miss my friends and AU’s campus more. I may be a little biased, but no school speaks to me more than AU.

Currently, I am really looking forward to Halloween. My friend group has been in constant debate about what group costume we should wear. I have heard from upperclassmen that trick or treating on Embassy Row is a lot of fun, so we will likely end up there. Life is so action packed here at American, one day feels like three (in the best way possible!). I have never felt more like I am living my life to the fullest.


Students using the DC MetroSeptember 22, 2021 | Hi everyone! My name is Kimberly Kraska and I am from Lumberton, New Jersey. I am a Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government (CLEG) major and I am super excited to be sharing my experience with the Cornerstone Program with you! As a freshman here at American University, I have been spending a lot of time these first few weeks adapting to the new environment. There is never a shortage of activities to involve myself in, whether on-campus or off!

Photograph of a student studying on the quad.When I moved in on August 25th, I was in awe of all the possibilities. My hall is filled with great people who have quickly gone from being strangers to some of my closest friends. I was nervous about getting an internship, with only 20 days before the deadline and 3 interviews set up. Living with fellow Cornerstone students helped me realize that I was not behind, and we were all in the same situation. I originally had two internships but ultimately decided that one internship was best! Mainly because I want to continue exploring D.C. and get involved on campus. I say this to say - it is more than possible to find an internship as long as you follow the guidance of Cornerstone staff. Emailing your questions is always a good idea! I am a Communications Intern for Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE). It is a paid position, and the organization focuses on environmental policy and energy problems, specifically working towards reducing the United States’ dependency on oil.

Photograph of the main hall at the Portrait GalleryOne of the most important things to do in the first few weeks of college is to make friends, go to as many events as possible, and do things in the city. On campus, go up to tables and learn about all the different club options, and enjoy the different sporting events. Off campus, night monumenting is a great way to see everything while beating the DC heat and humidity. My friends and I walked around outside the Capitol and sat on the Supreme Court steps. It is impossible to describe the surreal feeling of being in such a significant place with people who are changing our nation every day. Another day, I ate at the Good Stuff Eatery, a burger place that President Barack Obama frequented. My friends and I wondered if we were sitting at one of the tables the President had sat at. Following that, we tried the bike share system and visited the National Gallery of Art. There are so many enriching activities to do in DC. This past weekend, my roommate and I traveled to Myrtle Beach, SC with my family, and made great memories at diners and tourist traps alike. However, by the end of the trip I was missing the charm and liveliness of DC. I am ecstatic to be settled in and already calling DC (and more specifically, Letts 4 North) my home!