A thank you note from Justin LoScalzo ’16 On May 1, 2014, more than 600 Presidents’ Club members gathered in New York City to celebrate their Colgate connections and to raise nearly $70,000 for the Colgate Internship Fund. The Colgate Internship Fund provides summer grants to nearly 150 students each year, making it possible for those with low paid or unpaid internships to benefit from important, enriching career development experiences.
One such student, Justin LoScalzo ’16, met with the Presidents’ Club Membership Council last September to talk about the impact of his summer internship and to express his gratitude. In a follow-up letter to the Presidents’ Club Membership Council, he writes:
As a proud member of the Class of 2016, I knew early on that I wanted to pursue a career in government. In Spring 2014, I participated in the Washington, D.C., Study Group. During this time, I was an intern for the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, chaired by Senator Tom Carper (D-DE). In this role, I worked with a senior employee from the Government Accountability Office to author an investigative report that was used internally to influence policy that would improve the process that veterans go through to receive their G.I. Bill benefits.
I learned a tremendous amount during the spring semester and decided I wanted to stay in Washington, D.C., during the summer to intern at the Department of Homeland Security. I did not have the financial means to pursue this opportunity, so I was thrilled to learn about the Summer Funding Program through Colgate’s Center for Career Services.
Thanks to the generous support of Colgate alumni and parents, I was able to secure a grant and accept an internship within the Department of Homeland Security at the Homeland Security Advisory Council. There, I met and worked with wonderful people and produced meaningful work — including a report on the committee’s first in-person meeting. I gained first-hand experience that will assist me in my future endeavors.
The networking skills I learned from various career services workshops aided my transition from the legislative branch to the executive branch, and I was able to develop relationships with key individuals throughout both of my internships. The funding I received from Career Services' Summer Funding Program assisted greatly in making this summer a success. I am grateful to the Colgate alumni network and Presidents’ Club members for helping me to pursue my career aspirations in public service.