Shawnya Peterson Downloadable Resume: Updated March 2018

Skills & Abilities

Computer Skills

  • Data entry
  • Typing and transcribing
  • Microsoft Office applications – Word, Powerpoint, Excel, Outlook
  • Google G Suite applications – Drive, Gmail, Slides, Sheets, Docs
  • Familiarity with social media and blogging platforms, including Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, Blogger & WordPress

Communication & Research Skills

  • Email composition
  • Intermediate working proficiency in Spanish
  • Public speaking & presentation skills
  • Library & database research experience


June 2017 – Present
Fredericksburg, VA
Deputy Campus Organizer, NextGen Virginia

  • Registering voters, processing forms, entering information into online databases, canvassing, and recruiting and managing a team of volunteers, working to increase political engagement and youth voter turnout on my college campus and the surrounding areas.

March 2017 – Present
Fredericksburg, VA
Document Transcriptionist, The Papers of James Monroe

  • Transcribing letters written to and by James Monroe, working with digital scans of nineteenth-century documents and library-based print volumes.

Sept. 2015 – Nov. 2015
Fredericksburg, VA
Intern, DPVA

  • Participated in campaign activities, including phone banking, turf-cutting, and canvassing, interacting directly with voters in a highly-contested district for a successful state senate campaign.


2015 –2019
University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA
B.A. in English, B.A. in History

  • Expected graduation Spring 2019

Relevant Coursework

  • Methods of Advanced Literary Studies
    Studied widespread perspectives of literary theory, including psychoanalytic criticism and feminist & Marxist theories, with a focus on intersectional thinking.
  • History Practicum
    Prepared a research project over the course of the semester, managed a WordPress course blog, and practiced public speaking skills culminating with a final presentation.
  • History Colloquium
    Gained experience with library research and online databases, focused on the process of research and crafting an argument, culminating with a final research paper and presentation.
  • Journalism Practicum
    Working with the student-run newspaper, interviewed sources, researched, wrote, and published four articles over the course of the semester for various sections of the paper. Publication examples available on request.


UMW Young Democrats – In all my positions, I collaborate with other executive members to create presentations and run weekly meetings.

Vice President: April 2017 – Present

  • Assisting the president in their duties, helping run meetings, and communicating with political campaigns on behalf of the club.

Secretary: April 2016 – April 2017

  • Took notes for weekly club and executive meetings and managed the club email account, including composing and sending the weekly email.

UMW Creative Writing Club – In all my positions, I help plan and run club meetings and group workshops.

Vice President: April 2016 – Present

  • Assisting the president in their duties, and composing and sending the weekly email.

Secretary: Sept. 2015 – April 2016

  • Took notes for weekly club and executive meetings, managed the club email account, and organized the annual Spring Poetry Slam event.


Travel, gardening, genealogy, yoga, literature, politics, interior design