All Katarina Moore hoped for was that Simpson College would live up to the experiences she had while visiting campus.
It certainly has done that – and much more.
Moore, a junior from Johnston, learned recently that she had been chosen for the Capitol Hill Internship Program (CHIP). She is spending the spring semester as an intern with the American Psychological Association in Washington, D.C.
“It’s hard to put into words how absolutely excited I was when I found out,” she said. “This internship will provide me with the opportunity to further explore my options for my future career.”
Moore, who has a double major in psychology and political science, first heard about Simpson through her church, New Hope United Methodist Church.
“I decided to attend Simpson’s Junior Visit Day,” she said. “I fell in love with the campus and the community right away.” She returned again for cheer and dance visit day. “I was beyond excited to come back again, and meeting my potential future teammates made me feel even more at home at Simpson.”
Moore said Simpson’s small, interactive classrooms are perfect for her. She also enjoys being involved with Greek life on campus.
“My experiences academically, especially within my majors, have gone above and beyond my expectations,” she said.
One of those experiences led to the CHIP internship.
When she was a freshman, Moore took the Exploring D.C. class, led by Kedron Bardwell, professor of political science. During the eight-day trip, “we did everything from visiting historical sites and trying new foods to discovering what working in D.C. was like and how we could all pursue our own careers in D.C. one day.”
Moore made that her goal.
“I knew within the first few days that I wanted to return not just to visit, but to be able to further explore those career opportunities.”
Simpson professors helped. She talked with Bardwell and John Epperson, professor of political science, to learn more about the CHIP program.
Simpson is one of nine colleges throughout the country that participate in CHIP. Students live in D.C. for a semester, working four days a week as an intern and meeting with other students on Fridays for a seminar. They also complete a night class.
April Drumm-Hewitt, assistant professor of psychology, told Moore about the American Psychological Association (APA) internship, while Don Evans, professor of psychology, worked on Moore’s behalf as well. Moore also credits the staff in the Career Development office, and the financial assistance office, where she worked, with helping her.
“I’ve received a lot of support throughout my time at Simpson from all of the professors in the psychology and political science departments,” she says. “I could truly write pages upon pages dedicated to how much they’ve supported my academic and personal pursuits in my time at Simpson.”
Moore will be working with the APA’s Executive Office of the Education Directorate.
“During my internship, my primary focus will be assisting the Internal Internship Program Manager in putting together presentations, pamphlets and other materials for their summer internship program,” she said. “I will be responsible for helping with a variety of other projects in the office throughout my time with them as well.”
It’s easy to tell how excited Moore is about this opportunity. She’d like prospective students to know that Simpson offers them the same options. They, too, might have their expectations surpassed.
“I would recommend Simpson to students who want to be part of a close-knit, supportive community,” she said. “I personally feel like I have thrived in this environment. My relationships with other students, faculty and professors are at the core of my Simpson experience. Simpson is a great college for those dedicated to pursuing a similar experience.”