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December 15, 2020

College experience leads to big-time D.C. internships

Ana Lim’s experiences at JCCC have given her the résumé and confidence to apply for – and land – some pretty big internships.

During her first semester at American University in Washington, D.C., she was a public outreach and grants intern in D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s Office on Latino Affairs. During her second semester, she interned for Kansas Rep. Sharice Davids.

Second-Generation Cavalier

"I’ve been fortunate to have so many opportunities because of JCCC." Ana L.

Lim’s father, originally from Korea, came across JCCC when he was searching for the best U.S. community college where he could learn English. When he visited the campus, he said, “This is the place!”

Lim says, “I had the same experience when I visited in 2016.”

Lim had taken some time off between high school and college and was ready to jump right into all JCCC had to offer. She participated in Model United Nations and the Honors Program. While applying to become a student ambassador, she was given the opportunity to work in the President’s Office – the first student ambassador to do so.

“I had tears in my eyes when they told me,” Lim said. “Being an international student and a non-traditional student, it felt a little daunting, but also, very exciting.”

Lim said the President’s Office and ambassador teams were wonderful mentors. “I learned how to engage, not only as student, but as a professional,” she said. “Working in the President’s Office taught me the importance of public engagement and service.” She took immense pride in her role of representing JCCC on campus.

Big future ahead

"JCCC is the best place to begin your education journey." Ana L.

After six semesters, Lim graduated with degrees in general studies, liberal arts and general sciences. “I wouldn’t exchange my experience at JCCC for anything,” she said. “The financial benefits were important, too, with one application for scholarships. I’m not in debt because I went to JCCC. It also gave me time to decide what I wanted to do for my major area of study.”

Lim says JCCC should be a definite consideration for international students:

  • Connect with the International Office team
  • Learn all you can from fellow students with different backgrounds and perspectives
  • Share your background with other students
  • Benefit from smaller class sizes and friendly instructors
  • Consult your academic counselor for help with transferring and making the transition to college and after

At American University, she is studying how data sciences translate into public policy in the fields of justice, law and criminology. “While in the President’s Office, I played a role in assisting with monthly board meeting preparations. Through that experience, I saw glimpses of how school policies impacted me and other students. That got me thinking about public policies and how they impact people.”

After graduation, Lim plans to attend law school and pursue a master’s degree in public policy. She says, “I’ve been fortunate to have so many opportunities because of JCCC.”

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