Senior Public Relations Major Lands Internship with Council on Foreign Relations
Senior public relations major Daniel Henderson recently accepted a prestigious internship with the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in Washington, D.C.
Henderson will be interning in the External Affairs Department and working specifically with the Foreign Policy Program.
“CFR’s mission is to inform, not to influence, and they are non-partisan,” said Henderson.
“My duties will involve working with the team that reaches out to both sides of the political aisle in Congress and the Executive Branch, to ensure they have all of the information possible when making incredibly important foreign policy decisions.”
Henderson has previously interned in Washington, D.C. with U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH). He is looking forward to returning this summer.
“It’s the greatest city on earth, in my book,” he said.
Henderson is pursuing a minor in political science, and he said it’s given him a strong foundation to understand foreign policy issues. Meanwhile, his public relations major has taught him the art of advocacy.
“I’ve had a phenomenal and multidimensional education in both public relations and my political science minor,” said Henderson.
It’s common for students to apply to several internships before locking in one. Henderson applied to more than 30 internships and had opportunities with the Democratic National Committee and the FBI. Assistant Professor Stephanie Smith advised him through his application and decision-making process.
“It is thanks to her lessons in critical thinking, and maintaining a global perspective in class that prepared me for this internship,” said Henderson. “She fosters curiosity and a sense of duty to our global community, and it is those aspects that CFR and the other internships I was offered were looking for in an applicant.”
Henderson will intern at the CFR this summer, where he will learn more about foreign policy issues.
“I love foreign policy, so I’m definitely looking forward to learning more about it from the foremost experts.”