As a student at Michigan State, Rebecca Blood didn’t plan on a career as a respected environmental lobbyist. Yet her college internship at a U.S. Senator’s office opened the door to a field that has allowed her to advocate on behalf of energy clients, municipal utilities and state agencies at the federal level.
Blood emphasized how her internship and subsequent jobs as Senate, House, and Committee staff allowed her to both learn the process of legislative decision-making and develop networks critical to later building coalitions and creating partnerships. She noted that this experience is particularly helpful as decisions increasingly occur in the regulatory agencies and in the states.
Her advice to students is to keep their options open, maintain their professional networks, as opportunity can come from unexpected sources. Thank you to Rebecca for taking the time to share her experience and advice with our students!