Marissa Palladini of Endicott College Speaks on her time as an intern at the Supreme Court

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This Fall, I interned with the Supreme Court of the United States. I performed various tasks throughout the Clerk’s Office, such as responding to case-related inquiries and maintaining case filings. In my free time, I would tour the city with friends, try out new restaurants, go to museums, go shopping, or go to special events.

For future interns, I would recommend taking advantage of your time in DC - there is so much to do and see. It helps to make a list of everything you want to do and then try to check things off throughout the semester. Three months goes by much faster than you think. Also, it is important to budget your money wisely since there is so much to do.

Q&A WITH Alexandra Nigro, FALL 2017 INTERN AT NORTHEAST-MIDWEST INSTITUTE FROM URSINUS COLLEGE

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Where did you intern this Fall and what were some of your favorite projects?

This Fall I interned at the Northeast-Midwest Institute as the Environmental Policy Intern. Throughout the semester I worked on various projects relating to environmentalism and environmental policy. My largest project was a lead service line replacement project where I took an in depth look at major cities in the Northeast-Midwest region and assessed their lead service line replacement plans, which lasted the duration of the semester. I also worked on an ongoing project that tracked/monitored legislation pertaining to the Mississippi River Basin, the Great Lakes region, and cities within the 18 states in the Northeast and Midwest region. Additionally, I was able to attend pertinent briefings and hearings on Capitol Hill which was a wonderful and unique experience.

What did you learn in your classes?

Throughout the duration of the semester I would say that the internship seminar class was most valuable to me. In this class we used our time to go over practical drills that would be especially useful when applying or looking for a job. One thing that I found extremely valuable was the amount of time that we spent practicing job interview questions and answers and acting out various scenarios and how we would approach different situations. This gave me more confidence to be able to successfully navigate a job interview in the future. Another aspect of this class that was extremely helpful was the feedback that we received on our cover letters and resumes. Constructive criticism by our peers as well as the professor was invaluable. 

What did you do in your free time?

In my free time I explored the city. This included going to see the monuments, the Smithsonian museums, Georgetown, and restaurants in various locations around DC. I definitely used after work opportunities and weekends to fit as much into my schedule as I could in regards to exploring the city. One critical aspect for me was experiencing a multitude of different things around the city. One of my favorite activities was when I attended a Symphony on the West Lawn of the Capitol building. This was something that had been a completely new experience for me and something that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Recommendations for future DC interns?

My recommendation for future DC interns is to definitely take advantage of your time in DC by doing things you normally wouldn’t. You can do this in a number of different ways (i.e. attending different events, networking with your fellow interns and others, visiting different locations around the city) but I think what is most important is that you get out of your comfort zone.  I think by letting yourself be open to a number of different activities you expose yourself to new experiences that you may never have had the chance to before.

OCCIDENTAL COLLEGE STUDENT MEIGHANN MAHONEY DISCUSSES FALL 2017 DC EXPERIENCE

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Where did you intern this Fall and what were some of your favorite projects?

This fall, I interned at the Office of International Affairs in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. Within this office, I communicated daily with international affairs specialists, attorneys, and directors. My favorite projects included research involving internet service providers and their connections to crimes occurring around the world. Also, by interning in this office, I worked on terrorism cases and child exploitation cases. These cases meant a great deal to me as both of those topics are of special interest to myself.

What did you learn in your classes?

In the Internship Seminar, I learned many valuable and applicable skills. Specifically, I enhanced my résumé and my cover letter for future applications. I also became more comfortable with public speaking and introducing myself to potential employers or network connections.

In the Inside Washington class, we visited think-tanks every week that provided different perspectives for myself and fellow classmates to analyze. We also participated in academic discussions regarding a multitude of topics including the death penalty, abortion, immigration, and political polarization.

What did you do in your free time?

During my free time in D.C., I visited most of the museums located in and around the city. One of the more unique things that I did this semester was register for a Researcher Card at the Library of Congress to gain access to the actual Library. I also became very close with the other students in the program and we often spent time together, either in the apartments or on trips to the city. Lastly, I went on weekend trips to New York and Southern Virginia because of the easy access to trains and buses.

Recommendations for future DC interns?

For future D.C. interns, I recommend visiting as many museums, monuments, and other historical places as possible. Many times, there are unexpected closures with uncertain openings. This happened to this semester’s students with the closing of the Washington Monument. I also recommend traveling into D.C. for some of the social events that occur over the weekend, including many events that are free.

 

Dominican University student raul Navarrete speaks on his experience at the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation

Where did you intern this Fall and what were some of your favorite projects?

In the fall of 2017, I was a Fellow at the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation and could not have been placed at a better organization than this one. Throughout my time at the Foundation, I was given the tools and resources necessary for my success, in order to achieve and advance professionally, mentally, socially, and intellectually. I was a part of a small, yet mighty Foundation team whom the majority were new to their role. The experience I received, through the projects I was assigned, was quite substantial as I took on projects that would later take me to Dallas, Texas and Nashville, Tennessee. The substantive work I received and contributed to the Foundation involved helping manage programs and initiatives that contributed to encouraging entrepreneurial ideals, cultivate business growth, strengthen local chambers, and foster leadership values. I’m extremely thankful for the Washington Internship Institute for being the bridge in the placement process and connecting me to a wonderful organization.

What did you learn in your classes?

The classes provided by the Washington Internship Institute were tremendously beneficial to my professional development and also contributed to my knowledge of Policy & Politics. We touched on widely discussed topics such as: education reform, immigration reform, healthcare reform, campaign financing, the death penalty, etc. Overall, the classes helped me advance myself and zero in on my personal political stance and essentially helped keep me well informed with our current administration. Being inside Washington gave me perspective of who I want to become and where I want to go in life.

What did you do in your free time?

At first, free time in D.C seemed like it was only on the weekends, but as the semester continued, I quickly realized that free time was any time I wasn’t in the office. I attended networking events, took self-guided tours of all the FREE museums D.C has to offer, joined a dance team to cater to my dancer’s lifestyle, went to happy hours with my roommates, played 8-ball pool in my penthouse, became a foodie (D.C has great food) and overall lived my best life.

Recommendations for future DC interns?

·      DO NOT enclose yourself in your apartment and take full advantage of all the resources and events happening around you!

·      Budget your money wisely.

·      Build life-long connections with your cohort.

·      Remember that you are not only representing WII and the organization in which you work for but also yourself.

 

 

 

UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAVEN STUDENT KEVIN MATHIESON DISCUSSES FALL 2017 DC EXPERIENCE

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Where did you intern this Fall and what were some of your favorite projects?                             

I completed an internship at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars which is most frequently referred to as the Wilson Center. I worked specifically as a Staff Intern with the Middle East Program. It was part of my daily responsibilities to remain as knowledgeable as I possibly could about recent Middle East topics and issues. Every day I wrote and compiled a Middle East-North Africa News Brief and also handled the Program’s twitter. When the Middle East Program hosted events I wrote speaker bios and summaries of the events which were published on the Wilson Center website. Apart from that, I was frequently asked to write memos on specific topics in the Middle East in which I would then brief Aaron David Miller, the Program’s director. When Middle East-related publications were near ready for publication I was one of the last people to look them over for final edits. However, some of my favorite projects were those of my own in which I conducted my own research on topics like Hezbollah, ISIS after Raqqa, and Palestinian reconciliation. I was encouraged by those I worked for to do so and it was very rewarding to get feedback from them on my own work.

What did you learn in your classes?

I learned quite a few things in the two classes I was enrolled in throughout the semester. In the Internship Seminar course, I learned about the importance of public speaking, being able to effectively communicate with others, networking, and how to be a professional. Through in-class speaking and interviewing exercises I was able to become much more confident in these areas. Our professor gave us a lot of great advice when it came to business cards, resumes, cover letters and letters of recommendations. This was very beneficial. The other course I enrolled in was International and Foreign Policy Studies. In this class, I was able to obtain a more well-rounded understanding of the key issues that the world faces and how the United States responds to them. Both classes frequently had guest speakers come to class that provided us with helpful advice for our careers going forward. In International and Foreign Policy Studies we also had a few site visits to different think tanks, which I particularly enjoyed.

What did you do in your free time?

In my free time, which generally was on the weekends, I liked to go do something new every day. My friends and I would pick a new area and go exploring for the day. In the beginning of my time living in Washington, D.C. it was all about seeing the main attractions such as the White House, the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, and Capitol Hill. However, as time went on we quickly realized there was a lot more to do and to see and figured we had to experience D.C. as much as we could before we had to leave. Some of my favorite places included Georgetown, DuPont Circle, and Alexandria by the waterfront. All three are not in the middle of D.C. but are fairly close and provide a different type of experience. Some of my favorite things I did throughout the semester was seeing a Washington Nationals and Washington Wizards game, kayaking on the Potomac River, getting a tour of the White House gardens, and trying out all the great food options throughout the city.

Recommendations for future DC interns?

My best piece of advice for future interns in D.C. would be to not stay in the apartment all day after work and on the weekends. Get out of your room, explore and meet as many new people as you can. Even those that aren’t on the same “team” as you. Push yourself out of your comfort zone. Networking is a big part of D.C. life and it is through this that you will get your next job or internship. Seek out professionals whom you admire and aspire to be like and meet with them to ask for advice and their careers. Furthermore, an internship is supposed to be a learning experience, but you have to approach this differently than you would a college lecture. Get ready to spend a lot of time listening. There will be no grades to dispute, and you should welcome constructive criticism about your work. And chances are that the people who will teach you the most are not the bosses you occasionally see at meetings, but your fellow interns and the young staffers sitting near you. Other than that, make time to go have fun! There are so many great things to do in D.C.

Ursinus College Student Charlotte Rohrer Discusses Spring 2017 DC Experience

Where did you intern this Fall and what were some of your favorite projects?

I interned at the National Peace Corps Association and some of my favorite tasks were going up to the Hill with my supervisor and meeting with congressional staffers.

What did you learn in your classes?

The most important part I took away from the Internship Seminar is the importance of networking. Moreover, I took the class on International and Foreign Policy which not only taught me more about the American point of view on foreign policy, but also connected me with several interesting speakers.

What did you do in your free time?

In my free time, I did several different things, including going to see museums, the cherry blossom festival, networking and attending several events by different think tanks. One experience I would recommend is going to different events, be it at embassies or think tanks. They are always worth it and often free!

Recommendations for future DC interns?

Go out and network while in D.C.! Most people are happy to help with your career path.

Q&A with Alicia Dutkiewicz, Fall 2016 Intern at Washington, DC Economic Partnership and Marketing Major at Saint Xavier University

Where did you intern and what were some of your favorite projects?

I interned at the Washington DC Economic Partnership. I loved being responsible for social media content and writing and researching other marketing informational material. I also enjoyed participating in event planning, such as for their Annual Meeting + ECON Showcase, which drew hundreds and hundreds of DC's finest together.

What did you learn in your classes?

Though the main draw of this program for me was getting to set foot outside of the classroom and work in the "real world", I really enjoyed the time I spent learning and interacting with my peers in the Inside Washington core course and the Internship Seminar course once a week. In both I got exposed to many different opinions and viewpoints and discussing different issues really allowed me to better formulate and articulate my own ideas.

What did you do in your free time and what experiences would you recommend for future DC interns?

The real question is what didn't I do in my free time? I made it my goal to explore every inch of DC that I possibly could and I am proud to say that I checked off almost every single museum, event, and activity on my list. My best recommendation for future WII interns would be to research the city beforehand and, while here, try not to waste any of your free time that could be spent sight-seeing. Before coming to DC, I read travel books, studied the metro map from the apartments to my place of work, researched cool and unique things to do, and more. Granted, I went a bit overboard with it but looking back, it paid off and I don't regret a thing. I feel as if I really saw and learned all I could about the city and it was the best experience of my life.

Is there anything else you'd like to share with us or future interns?

I'd say just keeping an open mind to anything is the best way to go with being in this program. Right from the application process until my very last day in DC I made sure to try new things and gain as many new experiences as possible. Coming into the program, I didn't know if I'd like my internship, my roommates, or even the city itself but by not setting any expectations and not being close-minded, I did some of my best work at a really cool job, I made friends from around the world, and I absolutely fell in love with DC and everything it has to offer.