What does a student learn through an internship at the Baker Institute? Thomas Campbell, a spring 2011 graduate of Rice University, blogs about his four years of experience as an intern.

Campbell, who also was a member of the Baker Institute Student Forum, lists meeting statesmen and public figures among the perks of working at the institute. As one of the students who organized and led the Public Diplomacy and Global Policymaking in the 21st Century Colloquium in conjunction with American University in Cairo, he was able to develop his leadership skills. Campbell also notes that some of the most important lessons he takes away from his internship are "the importance of hard work, knowledge of the wider issues of our world, and even a few lessons on what being a leader means."