2 years ago
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Extracurriculars and Summer activities (internships,nonprofits,programs,etc) for politics and social science in Seattle?

I am a freshman in Washington who is interested in politics, social science and economics. My extracurriculars currently focus on business, public speaking, policy making, law, writing and music (specifically piano). I am looking to explore and strengthen my interests more and develop my extracurricular profile over the year and in future summers. I have a couple questions. Are there any specific activities I should look into in the Seattle area? What are some summer programs (preferably non-stem) that I can look at? What are some other good extracurriculars/programs to do that fit my profile?

Thanks in advance for the help!

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@E2 years ago

According to the "Calculate your chances" on college vine, you can get a lot of "points" for participating in political campaigns or doing an internship for your local congressman. Check it out on this website. It might be perfect especially given that this is an election year.

Also, maybe this? www.fte.org - Deadline is March 18th though.

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2 years ago

You've got a nice range of ECs on your profile right now. What do you do for each of those ECs you mentioned? And what are your roles? Colleges are going to look at how time you commit to each of these activities along with what leadership and responsibilities you ended up with. If these are clubs you've joined try to get officer positions since that will look better for you. If you can organize events too that would be good. Schools are also going to look into how much initiative did you need to take to get/stay involved with these activities and at what level you are involved at.

Look into getting a job, internship, shadowing, volunteering, basically anything that exposes you to what interests you. You mentioned politics, social science, and economics so the most immediate thing I think of is working on a political campaign. Don't feel like it has to be some huge thing for it to matter. Even canvassing or helping with a phone bank can improve your profile. I'd look into summer programs at colleges near you. The best summer programs to look for are ones that are free and that have a competitive applications process.

I only focused on politics but I found some CollegeVine articles that might help you. This one talks about ECs: https://blog.collegevine.com/extracurriculars-for-high-schoolers-interested-in-studying-political-science/. This talks about maximizing your summer: https://blog.collegevine.com/how-to-spend-your-summer-as-a-prospective-poli-sci-major/ and this last one talks about how to be politically engaged at your school: https://blog.collegevine.com/a-guide-to-being-politically-engaged-in-high-school/.

Hope this helped!


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