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Fabiana

Fabiana

Home Institution: University of Florida

Internship Site: INTERPOL (U.S. Department of Justice)

Program: Law and Criminal Justice Program

The Capital of The World

Friday, May 31, 2013

As I write to you right now, I am actually sitting here at Gate 28 of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, waiting 55 more minutes until I can board my plane back home to Miami, FL. I'm using the [super slow] internet access here at the airport and clicking through my Washington, D.C. Facebook album, looking back on this experience as a whole.

The Perfect Final Weekend

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

I think most of my fellow student interns will agree with me when I say that one of the best things about Washington, D.C. is that there is never a dull moment. You can always find something to do, and in fact, it's even a little frustrating sometimes when two things that you really want to do are occurring at the same time in different places in the city. Luckily, my final weekend in D.C. was the perfect sendoff; a mix of the political and governmental side of D.C. (with some fun, of course) and a relaxing, yet active, Sunday of yoga on the Mall.  

The Markets

Friday, May 10, 2013

Everyone who comes to D.C. does pretty much the same tour around the city; go to the Lincoln Memorial, the Capitol Building, maybe the Supreme Court, the National Mall, some (or all, if you're ambitious) of the Smithsonians. And why wouldn't you go there? Those things are all great. But considering myself a D.C. resident for a few months now, I've started to dig a little deeper than the tourist attractions and historical landmarks. And what I found were my two new favorite places in the city: the markets.  

This Martin Luther King Jr. quote was from his "I Have a Dream Speech" in 1963, when he spoke of the prospects of racial equality. I bring it to you now in the context of the brief period of terror we have experienced in this country in the past week.  

Virginia

Saturday, April 20, 2013

One of the best things about living in Washington, D.C. is that you may walk straight into another state and not even realize it! In Florida, where I'm from, you're just close to... more Florida. During the last 5 or 6 years, I have been in many different cities in Florida; Miami, Gainesville, Orlando, Ft. Myers... but it was always just Florida. During the three and a half months that I've been here, not only have I explored D.C., but I've crossed state lines into different parts of Virginia and Maryland as well (most of the time, unwittingly).

On Civic Engagement

Monday, April 15, 2013

Three months ago, if you told me I would become an expert on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict during my time here in D.C., I probably would have looked at you like this. But part of the TWC experience is participating in some form of civic engagement experience by either creating a project on your own or choosing one of the options that TWC offers.

This Stuff Works!

Friday, April 12, 2013

I think we can all agree that there are thousands of internship opportunities for college students year-round, all across the country. What sets The Washington Center apart from all the other internship programs out there? Is it the fact that I get to work at Interpol, the international police organization, headed right here in Washington, D.C. at a Department of Justice building? Is it that I get to spend an entire semester in the nation's capital and sight-see and go to all the museums and monuments and cherry blossom festival activities? Maybe.  

Work-Life Balance

Thursday, April 04, 2013

One of the ten assignments we have to complete during our time here at The Washington Center is to conduct an informational interview with a professional in a career similar to one we aspire to have one day in the future. You set up 8 to 10 questions, find a super important person with a cool job, email or call them until they can’t ignore you anymore, hope and pray they agree to tell you their life story for about 20 minutes, and then write a two-page paper about it and turn it in. Sounds terrifying, right?

International Festival

Monday, March 18, 2013

My entire first blog post was dedicated to the international flavor of TWC's program. The diversity and richness of culture that surrounds us here at TWC is so salient that I feel I have to express this idea to you one more time, but from a different angle.  

Miami Goes to Washington

Monday, March 18, 2013

Being able to spend a semester in Washington, D.C. obviously has countless benefits for my own present and future, such as work experience, networking opportunities, and the ability to expand my horizons in several other ways, but I'm not the only one taking advantage of my trip to the nation's capital!  



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