The primary purpose of the Policy Concentration’s requirement that you write a paper reflecting on your experience as intern or research assistant is not for you to describe what you did, or even what you learned personally from doing it, though these will almost inevitably be important elements of your response. Instead, we want you to use your personal experience to reflect on how the work you did is situated in a larger, institutionalized process of producing knowledge, goods and/or services.
There is no one right way to do this. And how you approach the piece will be depend on both the kind of internship or research assistantship that you did, as well as your personal inclinations, taste, and style –all of which we encourage you to express. But beyond describing what you did and what it might or might not have taught you, we expect your capstone paper to consider your experience in light of broader institutional issues and relationships.
In thinking about these issues and relationships please consider the following types of indicative questions as well as how you might illustrate your answers to them from your work experience.