Based in Washington, DC, Rachael Hesling has explored a variety of careers through internships, while also attending college and law school. In fall 2010, she interned in the Juvenile Division of the Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County Public Defender's Office in Tennessee. In this role, Rachael Hesling conducted intake interviews, followed up with clients after trial, and participated in program placement. She also attended juvenile assessment meetings and contributed to lawyer briefs. Furthermore, she assisted in preparing cases for trial by taking client and witness testimony.

Prior to her senior year of college, Rachael Hesling interned at the well-renowned fashion house of Carolina Herrera in New York City. Focusing on public relations, she designed a new look book for the following season's fashions and updated the celebrity sample tracking system for her senior project. Notably, Ms. Hesling assisted Wilhelmina Models as an intern in New York during the summer of 2008. She learned about public relations and marketing and focused on the men's board and artist management. In addition, she booked and organized models' assignments and worked on marketing campaigns and advertisements.

Rachael Hesling graduated from Vanderbilt University in December 2010. She earned both a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Bachelor of Science in Human and Organizational Development. As an undergraduate, she traveled abroad multiple times to study in London, Dublin, and numerous Greek cities. A strong student, Ms. Hesling qualified for an honor and appeared on the dean's list more than once. She also founded the campus chapter of Mission Vision. Additionally, she was listed in Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. In her spare time, Rachael Hesling is passionate about devoting time to mentoring and tutoring at-risk youths. She has been volunteering at local YMCA chapters for the last six years. She devotes her time each week to helping the teenagers prepare for college entrance exams, as well as motivating them to maintain high marks in school.