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Home Institution: Juniata College

Internship Site: TechAmerica

Program: Political Leadership Internship Program

Real World 101

Saturday, December 08, 2012

The transition from college to the 9-5 life comes with its pros and cons. Personally, I found the transition refreshing and enjoyable. It was so new and different. Working life is a huge difference from taking college classes and I loved getting a taste of it at TWC this semester. I learned a lot about the real world and how life works away from my safe college campus. The Washington Center gives young people the opportunity to experience being part of the work force while still under the comforting wing of professors and academic advisors.

Reflection Pool

Saturday, December 08, 2012

About 3 months ago, students entered the Washington Center from different places; some from around the country and others from around the world. We all had our own perceptions of what this experience would be like -- what we would learn -- who we would meet -- and, most importantly, where it would lead us. I think it is fair to say that all of our experiences here have been unique. Transformational? Yes. At times challenging? Of course. But I think all the TWC interns can agree on one thing...

Intern Do's and Dont's

Saturday, December 08, 2012

I've come up with a few intern do's and don'ts to help guide future Washington Center interns as they prepare for their semesters in D.C. I've discussed these points with supervisors, co-workers, and fellow TWC interns to help outline (in a simple way) good and bad practices both as an intern and generally as a young professional in D.C. In the holiday spirit, I've thought of it somewhat as Santa's naughty and nice lists for interns.

Christmas spirit has poured over Washington, D.C. While some of us are enjoying peppermint mochas and decking the halls, those on Capitol Hill are working hard trying to find a resolution for the looming "fiscal cliff." Personally, I have been diligently writing letters to Congress on behalf of TechAmerica and it members in hopes of postponing spending cuts which may be devastating the tech industry. Along with work, I've been really trying to get out and soak up these last few weeks in D.C. -- uncertain when I will be returning to the city I've fallen in love with.  

10 Tips for Communications Interviews

Friday, December 07, 2012

As some of you may already know, The Washington Center holds a variety of unique evening workshops throughout the semester that are open to all students. Starting with the basics of resume building and networking tactics, TWC really helps you prepare for the real world. The evening sessions are taught by The Washington Center's accredited academic and career services team. Some of the opportunities this semester included; Negotiating your First Salary, Getting LinkedIn, and Skills for Non-Profit Management.

Lessons from C-SPAN

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

As some of you may already know, the Washington Center offers a unique opportunity to Political Leadership Students to participate in the C-SPAN course. The C-SPAN Road to the White House Class is a collaboration with TWC, C-SPAN, George Mason, and Purdue University that engages students in shaping political conversation. Each week, speakers are brought into the C-SPAN studio and students get to interact with them, ask questions, raise interesting points, and deliberate on a variety of topics each week.

D.C. Local Tips and Trends

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

I finally am beginning to feel like a D.C. local. I must admit, I haven't stopped taking typical tourist photos of the Capitol, but I don't need to check my metro rail application six times to find my way home anymore. Part of being a D.C. regular is knowing the best places to eat, drink, and be merry. Especially now that the holiday season is rolling around. My office just celebrated a Thanksgiving potluck and all the TWC interns are preparing for a wonderful holiday with their families and friends.

The Calm After the Political Storm...

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Now that the election has passed, D.C. has definitely seemed to quiet down a bit. There was so much suspense and anticipation building up to the election, but at this point, things have settled. The political rallies, events, and campaigns have all come to a close. It's crazy how the politics that have consumed our lives for the last year seem to have turned to dust. Whether it's the quiet after the storm, or the quiet before it, I can't help but notice the political atmosphere of D.C. has come to a shocking halt.

Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?

Saturday, November 03, 2012

Thankfully, D.C. is doing okay after the passing of Hurricane Sandy. Everyone here at the Washington Center got a few days off during the storm which was great for catching up on some sleep and making ends meet. We all watched the news and sent positive energy to fellow Americans being impacted by the storm. I personally was hibernating with hot chocolate, friends, and movies. I made sure to stock up at the grocery store with lots of goodies beforehand so I was set. One stormy night some friends and I got together and played cards; it was such a blast.  

Election Countdown

Thursday, October 18, 2012

With the election only a few short weeks away, things in D.C. are picking up faster than ever. I can perfectly remember being at the Republican National Convention only 2 months ago and seeing the balloons drop as if it were yesterday. Where has all the time gone? At TWC we're gearing up for midterm assessments from our supervisors and site visits because, believe it our not, our internships are at a midpoint. The optimist that I am would like to see the glass as half full -- the second half of the semester is going to be even better than the first!

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