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This summer I interned with the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, a group that does work on all facets of the education policy process. In this position I participated in a variety of experiences, including lobbying, strategizing, research, and policy formation. Over the course of my internship I participated in several meetings focusing on potential new members of the state government and the public and private attitudes they held toward various education issues. In addition, I undertook a large-scale individual policy project: a survey of the action states have taken toward the reformation of the teacher tenure system, with particular emphasis on steps completed since the Race to the Top program was implemented. These experiences allowed me to learn about the glamorous parts of the policy process like press conferences and high-profile group meetings. I also was exposed to the hidden parts of the process such as the long hours of research and the petty rivalries and personality clashes that make enacting good policy such a delicate process. Perhaps most important, this internship strengthened my passion for education policy and reform, so much so that I have completely re-evaluate my intended college and summer project path to place an even greater emphasis on areas pertaining to education and government. In summary, this internship has confirmed my belief that education reform is badly needed and something in which I am passionate about participating.