Comm Student Honored as Outstanding Intern

Molly Trowbridge
Sophomore Molly Trowbridge has been awarded the Kathryn F. Furcolo Award for Outstanding Intern. During the fall 2016 semester, Molly interned with U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren after seeing the opportunity listed in an email from Career Services.

Since 1965, the Furcolo Award has recognized selected students who complete an outstanding internship in either public service or government. Award winners receive a monetary award.

Previously, Molly had interned with State Senator James Timilty, an experience she says helped her get the internship with Warren.

“What struck me the most,” Molly said, “was the fact that I was charged with handling sensitive issues that impacted the livelihood of people across the commonwealth. It gave me an incredible amount of respect for the task I was assigned.”

Molly also worked many of Warren’s events across the state, interacting with the press, other elected officials, and networking with peers. That’s where Molly says she was able to put her communication skills into action the most.

Professor Erica Scharrer, Ph.D., who acted as her faculty internship sponsor, said “I'm delighted that Molly has won this prestigious award! It was a pleasure to see Molly put what she has learned in her coursework into practice at the Senator's office and earn the regard of her co-workers and supervisor at the internship."

Looking forward, Molly hopes to find work on a campaign, or continue on to law school.

“Although I didn’t intend on working in politics when I began my studies here”, she said, “I am glad I found it. In a time of political divisiveness, it gave me a renewed perspective and appreciation for those behind the scenes.”

If you, like many other Comm majors, are seeking out internships or jobs, Molly advises maintaining professional relationships and taking advantage of networking. Additionally, she says it is important to remember that career paths can be nonlinear, saying that “sometimes the best-case scenario comes with throwing out your original plans and ideas of what your future will look like.”

--Stephanie George '17