Emilia Beuger, UMass Amherst ‘19, ACLU of Pennsylvania

'UMass has given me the confidence in myself to reach out and look for opportunities like this'

Meet Emilia Beuger, a rising junior at UMass Amherst double majoring in Political Science and International Relations/Human Rights. Emilia, a native of Pittsburgh, dedicated her summer to conducting research and writing for the ACLU of Pennsylvania.

As a criminal justice journalism and research intern, Emilia had a broad scope of responsibilities that included compiling news clips, conducting investigative research to support staff, sitting in on legal case reviews and writing articles. Emilia, who dreams of practicing law, said the position offered her a unique opportunity to sharpen her writing and research skills and better understand how the criminal justice system functions.

Driven by her own research, Emilia wrote her first article for The Appeal – the ACLU of Pennsylvania’s weekly newsletter – on how individuals from outside the state are housed in Pennsylvania prisons.

“I never knew that prisoners were sent across state lines and sometimes housed in private prisons,” she said. Through that experience, Emilia said that she “learned how to write and think like a reporter” and how to “get creative about finding the answer you want.”

Emilia felt well prepared for her internship, saying that her experiences with the Student Legal Services Office and the Massachusetts Daily Collegian both shaped her writing and research skills. She also praised the UMass Career Services Office, saying, “UMass has so many amazing opportunities for career development.”

“UMass has given me the confidence in myself to reach out and look for opportunities like this and to think outside the box when it comes to complex issues like criminal justice,” she says.

Emilia, who received a scholarship from the UMass Women into Leadership program, says that other students should start searching for their internship early and “don’t be afraid to reach out to the people you want to work with.” 

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