Washington, DC Summer Intern: Hannah Deindorfer

Posted on September 5, 2014. Filed under: Career, Featured Intern, Internship, Washington | Tags: , , , , , |

Meet Hannah Deindorfer who interned in Washington, DC during summer 2014.  Read the interview below to learn about the connections she made and find out what she was able to cross off her bucket list!

Hannah Deindorf portrait

Name: Hannah Deindorfer

Hometown: Saranac, Michigan

Major: Geography

Graduation: May 2015

Internship Placement: The Association of American Geographers (AAG)

Internship Location: DuPont Circle, Washington, D.C.

What were some main projects you had worked on?

I assisted with the formatting and preparation of hundreds of entries for The AAG’s new, online-only Guide to Geography Programs in the Americas. I was also responsible for proofing and quality-checking pages on the AAG website related to Jobs & Careers in Geography. I worked on a literature review for a disaster-management grant the AAG is the lead on, and assisted AAG staff with the sorting and cataloguing of the AAG’s unique Geographers on Film archival materials. I also worked with the Communications and PR staff by proofreading and copyediting AAG Newsletter articles and other documents, as well as looked up imagery and graphics for use in promotional and outreach campaigns. I have updated inventory count of AAG publications and promotional materials. I went on local visits or meetings with staff to AAG partner organizations.

What was one of the highlights of your internship?

I was asked to judge a “Storymaps” competition in partnership with Esri, a major GIS software developer and a longtime AAG partner. For the meeting, I attended a small gathering at Esri’s headquarters in downtown D.C., and was able to participate in picking the winners of a map-creation competition that drew hundreds of entries from countries all over the world to be announced at a national conference in July. A more personal highlight was checking something off my bucket list that has been there for a while. I was able to go for a run from Arlington National Cemetery, to the Lincoln Memorial, and around the Reflecting Pool and the World War II Memorial. Running up the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and through such an amazing tribute to the history of our country was a memory that I will never forget.

How has your internship experience enhanced your academic and/or career plans?

I am a Geography Major at MSU, so interning at the Association of American Geographers, the leading professional membership organization for geography in the Americas, speaks directly to my academic and career interests. My involvement in the AAG’s research and grant activities, as well as being exposed in depth to their “Jobs & Careers in Geography” services have really advanced my knowledge of the field and my familiarity with the variety of work and career opportunities available to someone with a degree in Geography. Being involved in the communications, publications and outreach activities, allow me to enhance my English and writing skills, and every contact that I made through AAG could be a potential employer or future partner in the field!

Why should an MSU student apply to this internship program?

Washington D.C. is not only the capital of the United States, is it also the headquarters of many international organizations, private corporations, non-profits, and embassies of governments around the world. The city is so full of amazing opportunities for work, education, and a lot of fun! There’s so much to see and do, even on a budget, that it is impossible to fit it all into one semester. I would strongly encourage any MSU student to apply for this internship program for the incredible experience that includes a mixture of professional development, personal growth, and irreplaceable memories


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