Gustavus Adolphus student Nick Nigro plans high-level visits and exchanges while interning in US Coast Guard International Affairs office #dcintern

"I arrive between 8:30 and 9 every morning.  I usually start by checking my email as their is inevitably an assignment I've been given between when I left the previous day and when I arrive.  If this is the case, I will start into that.  If not, I will browse news sites for a little while to see if anything dramatic has occurred that I ought to inform Lt. Cdr. McConnell on (i.e. anything with Russia-U.S. relations).  I will then get to work with whatever task I have been working on.  Some projects involve me researching and updating our information on different countries while other times I will be working for Mr. Oliver and checking the cost of crazy things such as postage and figuring out formulas to standardize adding the cost of postage into a longer much more complex system I am not involved with.  Often I am called into planning meetings as my office is in charge of planning the travel of the Commandant, the head of the Coast Guard.  But more often than not, I just spend the day in my cubicle, leisurely working on my projects, taking a lunch break whenever I am drawn away from my computer and leaving when I realize I will mentally not make anymore headway tonight.  I then pack up and head home anywhere between 4 and 5."