Vohlken, a rising sophomore majoring in political science at the University of South Dakota, is interning at Turbak Law Office, P.C. She maintains order at the office by working on projects with the forensic investigator and legal teams to assist with their cases, interpreting documentation the office receives and handling other everyday tasks. She also attends local court sessions, visits the local police station and completes various research tasks.

“Having this internship is my first step to a successful career in law and politics,” Vohlken said. “It will lay a foundation for me to continue to grow and learn from the best attorneys in the state. It also allows me to experience how the professional world works, so I will be best prepared come graduation day.”

Kayla Vohlken poses for photo looking over shoulder in grass field with sun shining

As a native of Watertown, Vohlken finds fulfillment in being able to interact closely with her coworkers and help people in her hometown. “Everyone in the office has admirable careers and their passion truly is to help people,” Vohlken said. “Seeing how rewarding their dedication is makes me realize all my hard work is worth something.”

While at USD, Vohlken has grown academically and professionally from extracurricular opportunities as a Pre-Law Society member and through classroom experiences in the Department of Political Science.

“I chose USD for the university's extensive resources, networks, opportunities and small-school experience – especially within the political science department,” Vohlken said. “Everyone in the department pushes their students to grow and succeed, supplying them all with the tools and connections necessary to get where they want to be.”

Following the completion of her undergraduate degree, Vohlken would like to earn a degree in law.

“I want a career that helps people. I would like to see my career challenge me and give me great experiences,” Vohlken said. “This internship is helping me prepare for my future by giving me firsthand experience, teaching me important life skills and connecting me to other professionals in the field.”

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