Center for American Progress interns enjoy excitement of work, as well as extracurriculars

Living in the nation’s capital you quickly begin to recognize the city’s endless possibilities and potential. Washington has broadened my understanding of US policy, while nurturing my thoughts on foreign affairs, and challenging me to consider alternative ways of thinking. Like Foreign Service Officer Monty McGee shared with us at the Washington Internship Institute (WII) Orientation a few weeks back, in DC we live what others just read about.

Through this program I look forward to obtaining transferable skills in communications and presentation. It’s reported that young professionals of my generation will change careers up to seven times in their lifetime. Therefore, it’s imperative to learn how to learn, and increasing your skills. The more you know, the more marketable you become, the farther you’ll go in today’s world. At the WII my professor has inquired about our future career goals and is connecting us to key individuals in those fields of interest.

Last week I began interning at the Center for American Progress, in their ethnic media department. Part of my responsibilities consists of online communications and promotions, Puerto Rico news updates, and researching news sources referencing immigration reform and policy.

After work on Wednesday my supervisor asked me if I had anything to do later that evening. Living in DC you quickly realize that anything can happen at any given moment; hence, you should make yourself available and be flexible. My supervisor had tickets to attend the National Press Club screening of the new series Latino Americans, airing on PBS tomorrow night Tuesday, September 17, 2013. That evening I learned more about the Alamo’s rich history, recognized Latino history as American history, and had the opportunity to meet broadcasting journalists Ray Suarez.

Through the Washington experience I look forward to building important relationships that will open the doors to future success, while exercising my civic duties for good. Living exciting moments contests your ability to remain grounded on convictions, while running towards the mark ahead.
— David Davila, Center for American Progress intern and Farmingdale State College alumnus
Hello, my name is Nicole Andolina. I am a junior at Nazareth College of Rochester. Before attending The Washington Internship Institute (WII) I had wanted to ask past WII alums about their experiences outside of the classroom and their internships. I would like to take this time and share my top three favorite “extracurricular” events that I have had the chance to be involved with here in D.C. They include:

1. National Conference on Citizenship: The National Conference on Citizenship was a two day event that included guest speakers, seminars, and a naturalization ceremony. As a volunteer I was able to meet everyone that attended, including Congressmen, and women, a four star general, and Washington Redskins Player, Alfred Morris

2. Robert F. Kennedy Journalism and Book Awards: This awards ceremony was a reality check of how important journalism is while combating social injustice. At the event I was able to snag a picture with Today show host Natalie Morales. Meeting such inspiring people was a great way to reinforce my desire to be here.

3. National Monument night walk: At the beginning of my stay here I was able to walk the National Mall at night. Seeing the national monuments all lit up was not only beautiful, but an exciting my way to begin my experiences here in D.C.

These are just a few of the events and experiences that I have been able to be a part of while here. It will be said time after time, but the experiences you have here in D.C. truly will be based on how much you make of it. I look forward to continually make the most of my time. With D.C. as your campus, you will never be bored.

Check out my blog for more on my adventures and advice!
— Nicole Andolina, Fall 2013 intern at Center for American Progress and Nazareth College student