As someone who has always had a passion for education, I was thrilled when I was given the opportunity to serve as AACTE's media relations coordinator intern. I didn't know much about the association when I started, but I immediately felt welcomed as part of the team.

My favorite part of the internship was the relationships I made at AACTE. I felt as if I could walk into anyone's office for help with a project or to just have a conversation.

The skills that I learned while at AACTE will help me tremendously in my academic and professional career. I was able to further develop my written and oral communication skills and confidence when giving a presentation or writing an important piece. While at AACTE, I conducted research that was used in Education Week, assisted with market research, composed company literature and various blog posts, and was able to attend several events and forums led by leaders in education policy.

Interning with AACTE allowed me to grow as a young professional and has given me the confidence to pursue a career that involves advocating for quality education for all of our students.

~ Sarah Pistella, Intern