Margery Magil

Margery Magill

Major: International Agricultural Development

  • Internship: The Jane Goodall Institute

Tell us about your internship – what kind of work did you do? What did you find rewarding?
This was my first experience in the 9 to 5 working world, which showed me a lot about work culture, work-life balance, how to ask questions, receive feedback, and be part of a team with a variety of ages and backgrounds. I assisted with all outreach, marketing, and event planning for our organization's founder, particularly in planning national and international speaking engagements. The greatest reward was contributing to an international non-profit that focuses on youth development and environmental contribution, two interests of mine.

Have your career or life goals changed as a result of your internship? If so, how?
This internship helped me learn the value of networking and finding a mentor in my career, even if we don't work in the same field.

Share an exciting memory from your internship – something unexpected, an accomplishment, someone you met.
I was able to meet famed primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall in person!

Margery at the Jane Goodall InstituteDid your internship lead to any opportunities?
This internship introduced me to living and working in the D.C. area, and I knew after that summer that I would definitely return one day for good.

Share a story about something special you did in Washington – an event you attended, a place you went, an exciting talk, etc.
I was able to spend July 4th in our nation's capital and did everything from watch the parade on the National Mall to wearing red, white, and blue at a USA-themed trivia night. It was wonderful to be a part of the camaraderie of my fellow students and Americans on such an important day.

How has living in the nation’s capital for a quarter changed you?
I really grew up in the summer I lived in DC - from working a full-time position, to being surrounded by fast-paced, ambitious agents of change, to learning more about my own skills and interests. UCDC was the perfect opportunity for me to find my place in the working world.

Share any advice you have (i.e. choosing an internship, lessons learned, missed opportunities, etc.
I ended up choosing an internship that was not directly related to my major or career of choice, but instead related to my personal interests. This was a great way to branch out from my studies and gain other valuable soft skills that can transfer to any career path. I would recommend students to take a chance and intern out of their comfort zone if they have the opportunity, as it will provide a positive growth experience.

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