Colby-Sawyer College student gains hands-on news reporting experience at WJLA-TV ABC7 News Channel 8

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"It was truly and honor and a blessing to be able to work as a Sports/News intern for WJLA-TV ABC7 News Channel 8. I was able to see first-hand how a top 10 news market in the nation runs its business. I would sit in on meetings we’d have in the mornings comprised of our reporters, producers, and team managers as we would discuss popular topics in the district, who would cover them, and then what time they would air on our news station. After the meeting, I would be assigned to a reporter and then I would shadow them the entire day as we would go out and cover whatever story was assigned to us.

It was an amazing experience because I was able to travel across the DMV interviewing different coaches, athletes and clients from the high school level to the professional level. I was able to see first-hand how these reporters go about their business on a day to day basis, how they gather their resources, how they talk to people, how they shoot, write, and edit their stories. Thanks to the reporters and producers I was even able to put together multiple demo reels of stand ups and newscasts involving news and sports stories. As someone who is aspiring to be a television news reporter, this was the most hands-on experience an intern like me could’ve had.

Washington D.C. is an amazing city because it is a melting pot full of all different types of people and cultures. There are a ton of great restaurants to eat at, and there are so many things to see, from the national mall, to the museums, to all the different sporting events. D.C. has a professional soccer, hockey, football, basketball and baseball team and the stadiums are always filled with people. The night life culture in D.C. is pretty awesome as well.

The classes were pretty fun and also very informative. My seminar class was very helpful to me because I was able to learn how to navigate in the business world as a young man. My professor taught me many things like creating a business card, how to write a cover letter, how to build a strong resume, how to network, and how to handle different situations that might happen in the workplace. My Introduction to American Politics class was also a very helpful class because it gave me insight into many issues that are going on in our political world right now. With the election coming up this fall I couldn’t have asked for a better time to pick up on politics.

Overall, these past three months have been the greatest experience of my life and I thank the Washington Internship Institute for allowing me to be a part of something so special."

-Richard Damas, Colby-Sawyer College, WJLA-TV ABC7 News Channel 8, Spring 2016 Intern.

Bond University Student Learns About Campaign Management with the United Nations Foundation

The Washington Internship Institute program offers a once in a lifetime experience.

"I am currently interning at the United Nations Foundation, with the Nothing But Nets Campaign. My placement at the Foundation has given me so much insight into the day to day operations of campaign management. As the advocacy intern, I’ve had the opportunity to engage in outreach, learn about corporate sponsorship cultivation and lobby on Capitol Hill.

Whilst in Washington, I have had the opportunity to take two classes at the institute. The first class is based around professional development. This class has equipped me with skills to feel confident to enter the workforce by focusing on resume development, cover letter writing and interview skills – basically all of those things you need to learn to be able to secure a job, but are never quite taught at University. I have also undertaken studies in Global Women’s Leadership Development. This class really resonates with me, as a female entering the workforce. During class, we explored issues around gender inequality and assessed the current political, economic and social context of society. We were also prompted to create policy initiatives geared towards fostering effective female leadership.

Washington DC is a truly beautiful place, filled with exciting places and the brightest, perhaps busiest, people. It has been an absolute whirlwind and an experience that has taught me so much about myself and the world."

-Caroline Foley, Bond University, Spring 2016 Intern at the United Nations Foundation



Colby-Sawyer College Student is Inspired Daily at Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors

"My internship with TAPS, the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors has provided me with guidance and knowledge on so many different levels. TAPS offers compassionate care to all those grieving the death of a military loved one. Peer-based support; casework assistance; connections to grief and trauma resources; and retreats, camps, and national/regional survivor seminars. Every day in the office flies by and the warm, friendly, and welcoming atmosphere of everyone who works here is ever flowing. It is a beautiful feeling to be inspired daily.

When I am not in the office I love exploring the city. I created a list of the best places to read in Washington, D.C. and have been slowly checking each off my list. So far I have enjoyed reading in the Botanical Gardens the best. My favorite museum, which I strongly suggest visiting, is the Newseum. It has seven levels and you can easily lose yourself in all the information, pictures, and videos for a full day. 

What is great about Washington, D.C. is how accessible everything is. Most museums are free and have layers of history embedded in them. It is still so hard to grasp how much history has happened right where I am living. I enjoy going from museum to museum on the weekends. It is also nice food wise. Craving sushi? Burgers? It will be a simple metro or quick walk away. I am used to living in remote area where everything is a drive. I have really enjoyed bouncing around and doing as much as I can because of how simple it is."

-Bethany Guimond, Colby-Sawyer College, Spring 2016 Intern at Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors  


Bond University student gains insight into think tank world of policy and academia at Woodrow Wilson International Center For Scholars

"The WII program has facilitated an unparalleled adventure, filled with intellectual stimulation, networking opportunity and immersion into the DC culture. 

This semester I am interning at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The Wilson Center devotes itself to engaging intellectuals in thoughtful, productive and unexplored debate; therefore through the internship I have been given insight into the think tank world of policy and academia. As a research assistant, I work closely with two of the most incredible senior scholars, exploring the intersection between terrorist recruitment with 1st amendment rights and America’s trade agreements. Both topics have given me the unique opportunity to explore issues that braid together both of my areas of study: law and International Relations. As a non-partisan institute the Wilson Center has the ability to host a number of events per day, usually panel debates, informative lectures, or addresses by notable speakers. Having the opportunity to attend these events and listen to topics I would otherwise never have understood or explored, has been invaluable and is my favorite aspect of the internship. 

The classes I am undertaking at WII have been an instrumental part of the experience. The Internship Seminar is aimed at creating the professional you. This semester we have undertaken informational interviews, discussed current news and issues, and explored topics such as salary negotiation and professional social media. All of the assessment tasks and class engagements are equipping us with the necessary skills for ‘the real world’. The second class, International Foreign Policy Studies, combines a mixture of theoretical based discussion, improvised debates, National Security Council simulations, notable guest speakers and think tank visits. This unique approach to the course material is really effective and engaging, as it forces you to think about the issues through a number of interpretations and avenues. 

Each weekend I look forward to days filled with yoga, cafes, strolls through neighborhoods and markets - Union Market being a particular favorite - and of course the occasional tourist indulgence (I would feel almost guilty leaving the nation’s capital without making my way through the extensive list of monuments and ‘must sees’). In particular Georgetown, with its charisma and relaxed atmosphere, quickly secured a very deserving spot on my list of DC favorites - although I will concede, any place playing home to Chaia and Baked and Wired will by default have a spot on the list!"

Kathryn Randle, Bond University, Spring 2016 Intern at Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

SUNY Plattsburgh Student Gains Insight Into Various Careers in Business, Government and the Private Sector

"My passion for education has immersed me in the study of finance, economics, statistics, and domestic/public policy. While I am enthralled by my coursework, my mathematically oriented brain craves tangible and practical application of the theory that I study. Typically finance students pursue advanced education and careers in the business industry. This is certainly an option for me, however, I also want to broaden my scope on future career possibilities to include the field of public service that involves the formulation and implementation of governmental policy and/or law. Working at the CRFB allows me to step away from the relatively abstract theory taught in a classroom and position me directly into the real world where academic theory is put into action.

Spending a semester gaining practical and professional experience in Washington will also be extra-ordinarily beneficial to my personal development. Arguably, when one is as interested in economics, policy and law as I am, there is no better place for professional networking and opportunity than Washington, DC. Ultimately, this experience will give me a deeper insight into the world in which my passions lie and will help me to clarify the path that is best suited for my personal and professional future. This entire experience has already been life changing and is helping to clarify my post-graduation goals.

At work and in my WII seminars, I have met many interesting people who come from a range of academic/professional backgrounds. As a result, I have discovered an array of occupational possibilities in business, government, and in private sector for which a specific undergraduate preparation is not necessarily required - occupations that I could consider. Finally, I am learning how our laws drive our economy and our government and find this enthralling…I see myself returning to Washington someday to study." 

-Brin DaleyKeyser, State University of New York at Plattsburgh, Spring 2016 Intern at Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget

Colby-Sawyer College Student Discovers DC's Hidden Gems and New Skills at Senator Ayotte's Office

"Being able to intern in a US Senator’s Office is one of the most amazing opportunities that I am so lucky to have experienced. I still cannot believe that every day I get to work and walk around the powerhouse of American government. It makes it even better that I got to work for Senator Ayotte, from my home state. Working in the various offices, legislation, press, the front office, has given me a new understanding and appreciation for the work that goes on in a Senate office. I have learned and use numerous skills that I would not have gotten anywhere else.

Coming from a small town in New Hampshire I could have never imagined the things that D.C. has to offer. The amazing architecture of the city blows my mind every day that I walk around the city; it is also great for amazing Instagram pictures! There are innumerable cafes, restaurants, museums, and events that you can go to. My favorite times in the city have been simply walking down the streets of less-touristy places and finding the hidden gems that most people do not know of. 

The classes are great, I have learned so much about working on my professional image and networks from the seminar class. It really helped to get feedback on business cards, cover letters, resumes, and a personal statement. I have also learned more about such things as a professional Twitter and informational interviews. The seminar really helps to get you into the professional world even if you never had professional experience like me. 

I have to say that some of the most interesting speakers that I went to see were through the Inside Washington Class. The speakers were always pertinent to the topic of the class that week and really helped to show real world examples of the topics that we were discussing in class. My favorite speaker was from Issue One, an organization that works to educate the public on campaign finance reform and money in politics. These sorts of speakers and organizations are all over D.C. and it is totally worth checking them out."

-Aarron Dupuis, Colby-Sawyer College, Spring 2016 Intern with Senator Kelly Ayotte

Bond University Student Gains Competitive Advantage at U.S. Department of Commerce

“I am interning with the U.S. Commercial Service at the Department of Commerce in Washington DC. The U.S. Commercial Service is an organization that promotes and supports American companies exporting to foreign markets. My duties at the U.S. Commercial Service include creating performance metrics spread sheets, infographics, media advisories, newsletters, weekly department reports, managing an award program and assisting my colleagues in whatever they can use my help. The internship relates perfectly to my studies of international business and gives me the possibility to gain university credits through practical work. My experience here provides me with insights in government, international trade and the professional working world. I believe this will make me more valuable for future potential employers and give me a competitive advantage over other applicants.

The Washington Internship Institute (WII) made my current internship with the Department of Commerce possible. WII guided me through the steps of the application process and assisted me with organizing my stay in Washington, which was not easy as I am an international student from Bond University in Australia. I appreciated the orientation program of WII at my arrival in Washington. It helped to prepare for the internship, to find my way around Washington and to make social connections with other interns in the WII program.

The Internship Seminar offered by WII encourages me to reflect on my internship experience and also gives me valuable tips on how to network and be professional. I really enjoy the Foreign Policy class as well. This class broadens my horizon through field trips to different organizations in Washington DC and discussing current issues with Americans and other foreign students.

In addition to the classes and the internship, I also like the life in Washington DC. It is a fun city with a lot to do in your free time. I will miss my time here and hope that the connections I made will last.”

-Christopher Corbeil, Bond University, Fall 2015 Intern at U.S. Commercial Service, Department of Commerce- International Trade Administration