Internship Experiences

AUR graduate Tiffany Burrafato (BUS ’17) has an extraordinary Event Management internship with the Rome Chamber Music Festival (http://www.romechamberfestival.org/en/) this summer, hosted in the magnificent Pietro da Cortona hall of the 17th century Palazzo BarberiniFounded and directed by American violinist Robert McDuffie, the prestigious Rome Chamber Music Festival is a celebration of classical and contemporary chamber music, and has become one of the most anticipated events on Rome’s cultural and social calendar.

During the Spring 2017 semester I had an internship with the Policy and Lobbying Unit at the Italian Chapter of Amnesty International.
 
My duties included drafting a weekly office newsletter highlighting important European events pertaining to human rights, monitoring proceedings in the Italian Chamber of Deputies and the Senate, and assisting with translations and drawing up petitions.

This internship gave me great insight into how an international non-governmental organization functions. It was also very interesting to participate in the wide-range of Amnesty’s campaigns, petitions, research, and lobbying efforts.

My experience at USO Vicenza taught me a lot about myself, the military community, and the work force. I learned head on the difficulties of time management and the meaning of improvisation. We had to improvise a lot and just go with it, especially pertaining to Taco Tuesday and Troop Lunch. I learned how much the USO actually does for the military community and what it takes to see USO’s agenda through. We worked together as a team (Lisa, Rebecca, Nicole, Bree, and myself), accomplishing all the tasks that needed to be done and made the USO center run efficiently.