Internship Spotlight: Karly Matthews, NeW at Temple University

Karly at the White House this summer.

This summer, NeW is proud to highlight the great internship opportunities NeW women are experiencing in the workplace. Meet Karly Matthews, Vice President of NeW at Temple University. This summer, Karly is participating in the Charles Koch Institute Internship Program (KIP) during which she is working as a digital and marketing intern at the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI). Learn more about her summer internship:

Why did you apply for this internship?
Having previously completed an internship on Capitol Hill, I wanted to explore the world of think tanks before entering my senior year to have a clearer idea of what I want to do after graduation. KIP was a great fit because not only would I get think tank experience, but I would also get professional development and educational programming.

What does your day look like in your internship?
At CEI, my day starts by drafting and scheduling social media posts for the day and days ahead. I also do data collection work to analyze how much traction our social media posts are receiving. Some of my special projects have included basic coding, transcribing speeches, working with video equipment, and working events.

What has been your favorite part of the internship so far?
My favorite part of my internship so far has been working with experienced professionals who have really taken the time out of their busy days to get to know me, my interests, and my career goals. I feel really lucky to be in a welcoming work environment.

How does this internship help set you up for your career dreams?
My immediate career goal after college is to work on Capitol Hill as a communications staffer, and I definitely think that the digital skills that I’m learning in this internship will help me market myself as a well-rounded communications professional when I begin interviewing.

How has your experience with NeW prepared you for this role? 
My experience in a leadership role within my NeW chapter has absolutely helped me adapt to the workplace and be a competent, reliable employee. NeW has definitely helped me develop professionalism and polish.

Any advice for other students who are looking for an internship?
I applied for so many internships for this summer and frankly, faced a lot of rejection. That said, everything happens for a reason, and I’m so happy with where I ended up this summer. Don’t lose hope and apply for every role you think you’d be qualified for!



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