Out Of His Comfort Zone

Emmanuel Thombs ’22, political science and international political economy double major, interned at the Embassy of Bahrain in Washington, D.C., the diplomatic mission of the Kingdom of Bahrain to the United States.

Wittenberg Students in DCThombs (pictured, center, with other Wittenberg in Washington fall 2021 interns), named the Campus Compact 2020 Newman Civic Fellow and the 2021 Charles B. Rangel Scholar, is heavily involved at Wittenberg as a member and president of Student Senate, a writing center advisor, a resident advisor for the Witten‘burbs, a member of the Entrepreneurship Fellowship program, and involved in Minority Men Striving to Succeed.

“In D.C., I really wanted to learn more about things I may not be necessarily interested in and get out of my comfort zone. This allowed me to reconsider my current path and be more open to other opportunities I may not currently be considering. This internship helped me develop the writing and research skills critical for work in public policy. In the future, I hope to apply the skills I learned at the embassy in the private sector, working as a consultant or assisting a corporation with policy-related initiatives. Before I went to D.C., I didn't quite envision this as my career path; however, my time in D.C. was invaluable in helping me realize my true passions. Additionally, I really wanted to focus on networking. Overall, I believe that this experience will be invaluable in my educational experience.”

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