Summer 2013 Intern Lucy La


Jump$tart Coalition Summer 2013 Intern

Hello, my name is Lucy La (Hang La). I am spending this summer as an intern for the Jump$tart Coalition. A rising junior at DePauw University, I am looking forward to spending a memorable summer in the nation’s capital.

I was born in Hanoi, Vietnam. At the age of fifteen, I was awarded the A*STAR scholarship (Agency for Science, Technology and Research) to continue my studies at National Junior College, Singapore. The time in Singapore is one of the most important periods in my life, as I have certainly received one of the world’s best educations. In particular, the rigorous coursework in history and economics that I took at National Junior College have helped developed my passion for writing and the humanities.

In 2010, having finished my four years in Singapore, I began my college career, this time, in the United States. Eager to experience another completely different education system, I was also certain that an American education would strengthen my embrace of diversity and thirst for knowledge. Indeed, for the past two years, DePauw University has given me many opportunities to learn and to grow. Currently, I am a History major with a European concentration, and have also taken courses in Economics, Literature, Mathematics, Education and Classical Studies. In the long run, I would like to integrate my liberal arts background into my pursuit of a career in education and public policy.

Previously I have interned with the Indiana Policy Review Foundation (IPR) and John Wiley & Sons. During summer 2012, under the guidance of IPR’s Editor Craig Ladwig, I researched and wrote an article, “An Alternative to Teacher Unionism: Teaching as a Profession,” which was published in IPR’s Fall Issue. In January 2013, I worked as an editorial assistant at Wiley Publishing, assisting with the acquisition and publication of the For Dummies series.

Through a DePauw friend, I found out about The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) summer programs. During the application process, TFAS in turn introduced me to the Jump$tart Coalition. After an interview, I managed to secure the internship with the organization, under the supervision of Mr. David Casserly.
Working with Jump$tart means that I would be exposed to new fields and skills – nonprofit, personal finance, event management, etc. – as well as enhance my existing skills. This would definitely constitute another essential part of my education. As I continue partaking in both TFAS academic courses and Jump$tart activities, I am sure the next two months will be one of the most fulfilling experiences for me.