A Day in the Life

By Margaux Finan '13

Flying into Washington, D.C., meeting with high-level government officials, talking with the U.S. Senator from Rhode Island and then hopping a plane back home in the same day – not a typical day for most college students.

For Assumption student Jillian Orabone ’13, it was the chance of a lifetime. During the summer between her sophomore and junior year, Jill was an intern at Tech Collective, a nonprofit organization based in Providence, Rhode Island. Tech Collective works with local and national businesses and organizations to bring resources to members that drive innovation and growth in the bioscience and IT industries.

Jillian’s internship resulted in an invitation to attend the annual Rhode Island Business Leaders Day in Washington, D.C., hosted by R.I. Senator Jack Reed this fall. The day-long event included various presentations from political leaders on how policies and programs enacted in the nation’s Capitol directly affect the state of Rhode Island.

Jillian was particularly impressed with a presentation by Shaun Donovan, the United States secretary for housing and urban development, who spoke about the part he plays in President Obama’s American Jobs Act. What struck her was the connection she made between the presentation and her management, organizational behavior and sociology courses. The Jobs Act aims to create thousands of construction jobs to make recession-hit neighborhoods into the neighborhoods of choice and Jillian realized the practical applications of lessons learned in various classes.

“The trip to D.C. was a long day. We flew out at 5 a.m., and didn’t get back until 11 p.m., but it was definitely worth it,” says Jill. Through the opportunities she gained from her Assumption education, Jillian was able to engage in a once in a lifetime opportunity to further her academic and career path and know firsthand what it means to be a decision-maker in the nation’s capitol.

Kimberly Dunbar, Director of Public Affairs, Assumption College
ke.dunbar@assumption.edu @AssumptionNews