Hometown: Chico, California
Major: Political Science
A native of Chico, California, Sarah Gamble is currently a senior at the University of the Pacific, majoring in political Science. Born and raised in California, Sarah always wanted to commission as an officer in the United States Army: "I have always wanted to be a military intelligence officer, and that remains my long term goal."
During her internship placement at Washington, D.C, where she was assigned to the Political and field department of the Republican Party, Sarah had quite a few thoughts. She said that while other interns were coming a few times a week, she and two others were interning full time. "We worked five days a week from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.," she said. "We were not just a bunch of interns wandering about, we felt very useful."
The most interesting days of her internship period, Sarah said, happened during the the GOP primaries preceding the Presidential elections in 2016. Due to a bug in the system, several voter preferences were remotely altered without the department's knowledge or consent. Naturally, this caused panic, Sarah recollected: "Our department had to act fast and get the glitch fixed while also reassuring confused voters. It was a once in a lifetime experience for me."
Another recollection related to a get-out-the-vote effort.
"On the first day of voting, we were tasked to call voters and encourage them to go out and vote. Along with my team members," she said. "We ended up putting calls through to nearly 1,500 voters. It was both exhausting and exhilarating."
She said that for a student looking for good networking opportunities, it was a golden chance for her. "Because this was a full time gig, which was rare, I could network voraciously," she said.
"I ended up meeting and interacting with legislators and lobbyists. I collected over 50 business cards altogether," she said with a laugh.
Sarah outlined her plans after graduating from college quite succinctly: "I want to join the United States Military as an Intelligence Officer. After a six-month training period, I know that I will be required to sign a 10-year contract and I am prepared to do so. After the 10-year period, I intend to pursue a career in private intelligence or something closely related."
When asked what she would tell a potential student about the CapEx program, she described her experience with McGeorge faculty and staff: "Besides from being a great way to earn extra units, it was also a chance to learn the nuances of the State and Federal legislative systems, which I learned in detail."
The icing on the cake, Sarah said, was the location of the McGeorge campus: "Living in Sacramento is fun and a great way to meet new, like-minded students. Overall, It was a fantastic experience."