The Washington Center



Home Institution: Tulane University

Internship Site: Democracy Partners

Program: Political Leadership

Looking Back and Moving Forward, Part 2

Thursday, August 22, 2013

In the first part of this post, I discussed how my academic and professional experience complemented each other. In this follow-up, I will talk about how my civic engagement project fits into the bigger picture. I chose to do the independent civic engagement assignment, originally intending to work with reproductive justice issues. However, after watching the documentary "The Invisible War" and following the status of the Military Justice Improvement Act in the U.S.

Looking Back and Moving Forward, Part 1

Thursday, August 22, 2013

When I arrived in May, I instantly knew D.C. would be next-to-heaven for a politics geeks like myself. What I did not yet know was that it also was the perfect place for me to explore what I want out of my future career and gain the skills I need to be competitive when I enter the workforce. The Washington Center's comprehensive program was also a reminder that you should never limit your life to one focus. Even if it is in a less-structured format, pursuing academic knowledge and engaging in advocacy or service is always something that will enrich the rest of your experiences.

Winding Down and Turning the Big 2-0

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

As early August rolled around, I felt like I was finally getting the hang of things at my internship.  I could handle projects with greater ease and confidence. But of course, just as I hit my stride, it was time to wrap things up. I could not believe the ten weeks of my internship were coming to a close. It was surreal typing an exit memo and organizing documents for the next intern, knowing that my desk would be someone else's in a just few days. Wrapping things up gave me an appreciation for my small office and wonderful staff.  

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

Monday, July 29, 2013

Another week, another summit: you were warned. Over two Fridays a week apart, I attended the Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN) 360 Summit. This summit focused mainly on professional skills development, gearing the discussion towards women interested in living and working in Washington D.C. Louisa Terrell, the keynote speaker and the director of US Public Policy at Facebook, discussed the lessons she's learned from her time as a lawyer to working on Joe Biden's staff in the Senate.

Getting a Running Start

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Well friends, the infamous D.C. summer heat has officially kicked in. It’s brutal out there, but after going to school for two years in bayou country I’ve developed (somewhat) of a resistance to swampy conditions. A little humidity never slowed me down.  

The Bronx is up, but the Battery's down

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Hi all, I have returned from my adventure in New York!  My trip was brief but it definitely managed to be insanely fun.  D.C. is unique in that you sense you are in a place where important things happen, great minds and great ideas are constantly surrounding you.  


Sunday, July 07, 2013

I know it has been a little while since my last post; it felt like two weeks went past at the blink of an eye. I have to admit that the pre-Fourth of July rush definitely kept me busy.  Between wrapping things up at work before the long weekend and finishing a midterm paper for my course, finding a free moment was sometimes a bit difficult (and yes, I will admit that celebrating the Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup victory was getting a good deal of my attention).  Despite the craziness, I was definitely enjoying the ride.

Food Trucks and Farm Bills

Monday, June 24, 2013

For anyone who read my last post, I am happy to inform that I successfully ended up having a weekend free of any form of cold medicine! I actually did one better, and had a weekend jam packed with new discoveries. After work on Friday night, my friends and I ventured out to Truckeroo at the fairgrounds, a monthly festival where D.C.'s best food trucks convene right outside the Washington National's stadium.

After a great first week interning at Democracy Partners, a progressive political consulting firm, I had a big things in store for my weekend. There were a million sights to see, several friends to visit… but real life had other plans. Apparently my body had a hard time adjusting to my new schedule, because by Friday I was definitely sick. I wish I had a crazy, spontaneous weekend to write about but the majority of it was truthfully spent with a box of Kleenex and a half gallon of orange juice. It was certainly a lesson in pacing myself: D.C.

The Adventure Begins

Monday, June 03, 2013

Hi everyone!  My name is Kara Angelini and I am a 19 year-old student at Tulane University. I am majoring in Political Science and Social Policy, with a minor in French. I originally hail from just outside of Chicago (home of the 1908 World Series Champions!) and have lived in New Orleans for two years. My interests include the Chicago Blackhawks and deep dish pizza, and you can catch me DJ-ing a weekly progressive radio show on WTUL New Orleans. Going to school in the Big Easy means there is never a dull moment.

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