daftari jackson

Policy internship allows student to explore new career path

Jackson Daftari (Agribusiness Management; Fishers, IN) decided to pursue a summer internship between his sophomore and junior year to diversify his experiences and expand his professional network. With that in mind, when he learned about an opportunity to intern for Senator Todd Young in the Senator’s monthly newsletter, he decided to apply. After successfully receiving this internship, he spent the summer working for the Senator in his Indianapolis, IN office. 

As an intern in Senator Young’s office, Jackson was tasked with answering phone calls and responding to constituent’s mail. Doing this, Jackson really learned about the importance of connecting with people and allowing their voice to be heard. Throughout his time in the senator’s office, he also was able to continue to explore his interest in law and the legislative process as a whole. He mentioned, “My favorite part of this internship was when Senator Young personally thanked all of us for our hard work.”

Jackson hopes to return next summer working with Senator Young in his Washington D.C. office or working with the Indiana State Police. His advice to other students is, “remember not to limit yourself or your opportunities. An internship is a great way to explore what best suits your path. Consider reaching out to Purdue alumni as they are always looking to help students.”