Sarah Smithers joins the USGLC after working in various operational roles at Emily’s List, M+R Strategic Services, and other organizations. She recently received her master’s degree in political science with a concentration environmental politics and policy analysis from Appalachian State University. She completed several internships while in school, one at the Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center within the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and another with Genworth Financial. A native of Raleigh, she is excited to explore all the wonderful things DC has to offer.
Each semester, we recruit an ambitious team of interns to help us advocate for American diplomacy and development around the world—and the international affairs funding that supports U.S. global engagement—as part of the USGLC’s internship program. As a capstone of the internship experience, our interns dive into different aspects of the budget. Here in their own words, our spring class of interns provide highlights of their presentations on global health programs, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, the State Department’s educational and cultural exchange programs, USAID’s Bureau for Europe and Eurasia, and the Asia Foundation.