This past semester living, taking classes and interning in Washington DC is one of the most memorable times I’ve had at Syracuse. Although, DC has been exhausting and a huge change from my time spent at Syracuse, it is extremely rewarding. I am lucky enough to have received a pathways internship with the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), a bureau of the Treasury Department.
As a pathways intern you are expected to work as close to full time as possible while finishing your degree. At the Treasury department, a high level of trust is placed on interns as they are treated as a member of the team albeit working at a less sensitive level than full time employees. Intern duties vary, however mine focused on assisting in the preparation of presentations for public audiences, data research and analysis for and drafting of reports and documents. As well as performing open source and commercial database searches to assist research specialists on open cases.
FinCEN has continued to impress me in the ways that they focus on developing each employee weather it be an intern or a high-level full time employee. The director especially pushes for workplace integration of all levels of employees and encourages communication and the facilitation of ideas with other elements within Treasury and within the government as a whole. However, the most enjoyable aspect of my internship has been getting the chance to know my coworkers. Each person has a more diverse background than the next.
Lauren Sutkus was a joint MPA/MAIR student who graduated in May 2020.