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Jake Steel


BPC Team: Communications

School: New York University ’19

Major:  Media, Culture and Communication

Future Plans: I will be returning to New York University to complete my bachelor’s degree. After graduation, I hope to either work on a political campaign or come back to D.C. to work in a strategic communications role on Capitol Hill or at a consulting firm. After two to three years of work experience, I hope to attend law school to earn my J.D. and subsequently use my degree to practice law and enact positive change in people’s lives.​

BPC Intern Duties: On a daily basis, I play a role in organizing BPC’s vast Customer Relationship Management system, assembling office-wide press clips, and preparing for on-site and off-site BPC events. I have also written press releases, run social media audits, captained BPC’s Twitter account, accompanied BPC Action on Capitol Hill, and conducted research for some of BPC’s digital content. In what ranks among my most noteworthy long-term projects, I have assisted the digital team in strengthening BPC’s social media presence by expanding our reach to untapped audiences on Reddit and am in the early stages of assessing if BPC should create content on Facebook Watch.

Best Intern Memory: The times I will most remember at BPC will undoubtedly be the impromptu conversations I had with my fellow interns. We covered all things politics, our campus involvement, the World Cup, life’s big questions on morality, and career aspirations. The fact that I could just stop by someone’s desk to say hi and have it evolve into something so much greater than that spoke volumes about the quality of the people and the culture that BPC fosters.

On the importance of bipartisanship: Everyone wants a seat at the table, and some of the most consequential events in human history have happened because a stakeholder has been left out of the conversation. I find bipartisanship to be the aspect of American politics that keeps it democratic. It is the mechanism by which we include the best ideas from different ideologies, find common ground, and subsequently use it to positively affect people’s lives. In a nation where many of us are obsessed with the winners, bipartisanship at its best ensures that we all win.

On being in Washington, DC: This is my second summer in D.C. and it D.C. has surpassed expectations. I have celebrated with a united city as the Capitals won their first Stanley Cup, watched the beautiful 4th of July fireworks from the Mall, and spent many Friday afternoons winding down the week with my friends at Jazz in the Garden. The city has something for everyone, and for someone who loves it all, there is no place I would rather spend my summer.