Liza Long of Gustavus Adolphus College Discusses Spring 2018 DC Experience

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

I interned at the Women’s Congressional Policy Institute, which is a bipartisan nonprofit dedicated to supporting women in Congress and their efforts to work across the aisle. My favorite project was writing our legislative report, The Source, which is sent weekly to our subscribers. Throughout the semester, I tracked legislation through the policy process and attended committee hearings on the hill.  Writing for The Source was a really valuable way to learn about the nuances of the legislative process and confirm my interest in public policy.

What did you learn in your classes?

The Inside Washington class delved into a variety of public policy issues. We had the opportunity to hear speakers from both conservative and liberal organizations, which was a great way to develop viewpoints and become familiar with policy arguments.

What did you do in your free time?

I spent a lot of time going to the Smithsonian’s—I especially loved the African American History Museum and the Air and Space Museum. I also liked exploring U St. and checking out the DC restaurant scene. I went to shows at the Anthem and the 9:30 club, which are both amazing venues.

Recommendations for future DC interns?

Make the most of every networking opportunity and work hard at your internship, as these connections are very important. But, don’t forget to take time for yourself and explore everything DC has to offer! There are tons of social events and meetups that are amazing places to meet new people and get acquainted with the city.