A quick glance at Jada Matthews' resume makes it quite clear that she has worked very hard in the classroom since arriving at GW as a freshman in 2014.
She earned her undergraduate degree in Organizational Sciences in just three years while balancing the year-round schedule demands of being a Division I basketball player. It is easy to assume that this summer, before beginning her final season of eligibility on the court, that she would want to take a well-deserved break.
That assumption just does not fit her aforementioned work ethic. Instead, she is splitting time between two government internships in Philadelphia, just 30 minutes from her hometown in Sicklerville, New Jersey.
Matthews is working for both the Philadelphia Mayor's Office and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) District Council 33.
"For both of these positions I simply just applied to them both," explained Matthews. "I already had knowledge about the internship programs and had networked with people who already worked within these places in the past. Since I only live 30 minutes from Philadelphia, this was the perfect fit for this summer."
At the Mayor's office, she primarily works on internal and external communication and messaging for Mayor Jim Kenney's initiatives. She also helps to support the communications team by monitoring press coverage and compiling press clips.
The internship at AFSCME DC 33 allowed Matthews to experience a different side of politics that proved to be a memorable experience - working on a campaign.
"The most memorable project that I worked on so far this summer was helping run AFSCME District Council 33's campaign for Philadelphia's Defense Attorney Larry Krasner," said Matthews. "It was such a great experience because I got to be involved first hand in all of the integral parts that go into a campaign. My favorite part was how to strategically communicate and inform the District Council 33 members about the election and the candidate we were representing through various media outlets. Also, I enjoyed visiting Pennsylvania's Capitol Building as I was able to sit in and participate in meetings about digital marketing campaigns for various Pennsylvania unions."
Upon returning to campus, Matthews will begin pursuing her Master's in Communication Management. Her internship work over the summer has opened the door to a possible career in the industry, or as Matthews sees it, taking experiences from both internships and applying them to something different.
"After graduation I am interested in getting into consulting," said Matthews. "Through my years at GW, I have tried to do various internships within different fields such as politics, government, marketing and communications. I wanted to have diverse experiences in different spectrums so that I have knowledge of whatever field of consulting I may end up in."