Chelsea Johnson was a Undergraduate Public Service Scholar in 2015 when she interned for the United States Attorney’s Office in Washington, D.C.

Where are you from?
Washington, D.C. (hometown girl!)

Where did you go to school? What did you study?
I am currently a senior at Gettysburg College studying Sociology and African American Studies

What was the best part of your internship?
The best part of my internship was having the ability to configure an organizational mapping chart of defendant’s for the chief of my division, assisting attorneys and law enforcement agents. I also loved being outside of the office every day and interacting with real people, whether it meant spending hours in court or accompanying local police officers on ride alongs around the city.

What lessons did you learn that you would like to pass on to future interns?
Throughout my time as an intern, I learned to appreciate every moment of my experience. While many days were exciting in the office, I understood that the issues and cases I learned about were real and people’s lives were involved. I would tell interns to enjoy but also take their experience(s) seriously as they are dealing with real situations.

What are you doing now?
I am a senior intern for multicultural recruitment in the Admissions Office at Gettysburg College. In addition, I work as a research assistant for my professor, researching the transition to college for first year students. My senior thesis will specifically focus on the impacts of race and socioeconomic status and its effects on first year students at Gettysburg College.

What do you hope to be doing in 10 years?
I hope to have a law degree and start my own nonprofit organization focused on restorative justice for disenfranchised communities within the D.C. metropolitan area.

What is your favorite book and what are you reading now?
I just finished Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. I studied abroad in 2016 in Copenhagen, Denmark and the main character’s experiences were similar to mine. I would recommend The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander, too. It’s a brilliant and eye opening nonfiction piece that sheds light on mass incarceration and the criminal justice system in its entirety.

Tell us a fun fact!
I was a competitive cheerleader and did gymnastics for 15 years!

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