What can a rising college student do to get involved with American Government and Policy?
As an AP United States History and AP United States Government and Politics student, my interest in American government has grown substantially. How can a rising college student get involved with American government and policy?
Become a subject matter expert in a specific public policy area such as technology or health care .
Find an internship .
Use social media to connect with government officials.
Evaluate your skills and align your goals with the appropriate government function or agency.
If you are a high school student, are there any political groups on campus that you're comfortable getting involved with? If so, I would begin there. Observe and learn the purpose of the group and their activities. This, in turn, should introduce you to the wider political world. A very good chance to explore your own political philosophy and, further, get involved in political activities. Especially on the local level. Perhaps be given a chance to get involved in local campaigns. Probably either the "boring but useful" headquarter bureaucratic bits and bobs of managing a campaign. Or, more physiologically challenging, getting out on the turf for the candidate. Waving signs or door to door... Or whatever. Taking AP classes doesn't necessarily prepare an individual for life on the ground.
If you are in college, it's easier. There, in all probability, be all sorts of campus political groups. Do a taste test and see how they think and their activities. Hopefully, something will strike you.
Off you go!