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Leah

Leah

Home Institution: Dickinson College, Pennsylvania

Internship Site: U.S. Capitol Historical Society

Program: Advocacy, Service & the Arts Program

I Can't Wait to Retire!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

On my last day at my internship, USCHS hosted a luncheon in honor of one of its employees who was retiring after working there for 18 years. During the lunch, everyone went around and shared what a positive impact this woman had on the society and on all of their lives. Some laughed, some cried, and the honoree received several gifts. As I walked home after my last day, I couldn't help thinking to myself, "I can't wait until I retire!"  

The Home Front

Monday, May 06, 2013

Every year, the U.S. Capitol Historical Society hosts a Symposium on a specific topic of American history. The event is free and open to the public, and accomplished academics and authors give lectures on their own research before answering questions from the audience.

The Museum Post

Monday, April 29, 2013

A pre-Washington Center anecdote: Last September, I was in D.C. for the weekend visiting Justin and my cousins in Vienna. That Sunday, Justin and I decided to do some sight-seeing before we left. We ran through a list of Smithsonians off the top of our heads and decided on Air and Space, and then tacked the Lincoln Memorial onto our adventure because, well, we were in D.C. From my cousins' house in Vienna, we plugged "Air and Space Museum" into the GPS. 16 miles away? No problem!  

Be Careful What You (Don't) Post

Monday, April 22, 2013

Last Monday, the weekly event for my program was a lesson on using social networking to advance our career prospects: Creating an Online Branded Identity and Leveraging It for a Cause. During the session, we learned about honing our posts on social networking sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram to evoke our professional interests, goals, and personalities so that potential employers can learn more about us through a quick internet search.

Cheese Me

Monday, April 15, 2013

Now, I know a lot of my loyal readers (Aunt Lisa) have been pretty worried about me since my Harris Teeter post back in February. Has Leah been grocery shopping? Has Leah been cooking? Has Leah been eating? Has Leah continued to abuse cucumbers, nature's most delicious vegetable, by buying them and them not eating them fast enough, so that they grow white and mushy and sprout fuzz?  

Family Filled Fun

Monday, April 08, 2013

One of the best parts about living in a big city for a semester is that people like to come visit you and see the sights! ... or your younger cousin who lives twenty minutes outside the city gets bat mitzvahed, and your family decides that they might as well do some D.C. touring while they're in the area for the weekend. You like to think that they would have come visit anyway.  

1816 Facts

Monday, April 01, 2013

As I've mentioned before, my main job at USCHS is researching daily facts in U.S. history from the year 1816, which will be published in USCHS' 2016 We, the People calendar. Now, I know what you're thinking. 1816 was a pretty hoppin' year. Not only was the population 100% literate and intentionally recording every presidential, congressional, and judiciary act at the exact moment of its occurrence, but every single one of those records were perfectly maintained and preserved and are easily accessible today.

Hello! My name is Kelsey Hulbert and I am a media/communication intern in the Peace Corps Press Office. I am from Minneapolis, Minnesota and am a PR major at Saint Mary’s University. Leah, my roommate, let me take a crack at blogging about my experiences this semester!

Midterm Evaluations

Monday, March 18, 2013

I saw this type of post in a blog from one of TWC's students from last semester, and since I'm getting to that middle of semester slump when I can't come up with any new ideas because all I can think about is going home for 9 days to sit with my dog and get caught up on Glee by watching the same 4 episodes twice a day for a week--oh wait, we don't get a spring break!--I have decided to copy that model.   Here are my "Midterm Evaluations" for my experience in D.C. thus far.   Internship Grade: A-

Good Samaritans

Monday, March 11, 2013

By far, my favorite program that The Washington Center offers has been the Civic Engagement project. I first heard about it in mid-January, talking on the phone with Josh, my Program Advisor, about what I should expect in D.C. "So you mean on top of a 32-hour per week internship, weekly class, "programming" for several hours Monday afternoons, AND my independent study, I have to spend 15 hours over the course of the semester helping people? Why? How? When?"  



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