From Intern to Full-Time Employee: Sharing My Experience and Tips for Interns

Keibi Mejia

As I transition into my new role as public affairs analyst, I look back to where I first started and am so proud of where I am today. At the beginning of 2021, I was barely scratching the surface of Nevada politics. Nowadays, I am ecstatically working and learning about new policy issues, election trends, and all things public affairs.

During my time at the University of Nevada, Reno, I had the opportunity to intern for both Nevada’s U.S. Senators. These experiences provided me with a solid foundation of the complex world of federal politics. As the end of my senior year approached, I wanted to challenge myself and delve in to state politics. I was very fortunate to not only interview but land this amazing opportunity during the 81st Legislative Session with The Ferrato Company.

With the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, it was difficult to emerse myself in the session as I had originally planned. Despite this, I was fortunate to have a supportive team that was more than willing to create new learning opportunities for me. As the session progressed, my responsibilities increased. I was given challenging projects and hands-on learning assignments that enhanced my skillset. In the 120 days of session, I learned more than I could ever imagine. I developed new policy interests in several areas, including education, labor and health care. I found a deeper passion for policy work and Nevada politics.

After I graduated college in May 2021, I truly felt like this internship had prepared me for the workforce. I gained valuable experience and built connections with my supervisors and fellow interns. As someone who recently landed her first post-college job, I would offer the tips below to any intern looking to transition to a full-time position.

As 2022 progresses, I am thrilled to transition into a full-time public affairs analyst position with such an experienced group of professionals. Jessica and Paige have been incredible mentors throughout the process and provided me with unending learning opportunities. I am looking forward to exploring the diverse policy issues affecting our state and developing professionally with The Ferrato Company.

←   Back to News