The Washington Center

Allison

Allison

Home Institution: Saint Mary's University of Minnesota

Internship Site: Center for Responsible Travel

Program: Media and Communication

Networking Part I

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Two of my assignments for The Washington Center (TWC) require me to meet with a professional in my field and have a discussion about careers and working in the graphic design field. I started reaching out to graphic designers in the area and, purely by chance, ended up scheduling both of my interviews in the same week! This was a little hectic, but at least I got them out of the way! This happens to be the same week I did my volunteering, so I really was busy!   Resume Review

Volunteering for the Weekend

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

We are required to volunteer for five hours throughout the semester for The Washington Center’s Civic Engagement program. TWC keeps us informed about upcoming volunteer opportunities and hosted a volunteer fair at the beginning of the year, so it’s easy to get involved in the community! Volunteering is a great way to network with people in your community and, of course, make the world a better place.   Empowered Women International

Entertaining Visitors

Sunday, March 08, 2015

This week my boyfriend and his dad drove out from Illinois to visit me! My supervisor graciously gave me two days off from my internship so I could show them around this wonderful city! Other than some snowy weather that forced us to cancel a day’s worth of plans, we had an excellent time!   Seeing the Sites

Reaching Milestones

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Today marked a very exciting day in my internship! A couple weeks ago I posted about a crowdfunding campaign I was working on. Today we finally launched the campaign! In this post I’ll explain how we put it together and what my responsibilities were in making it happen.   Writing

Eating Healthy on a Budget

Saturday, February 28, 2015

It has long been the tradition of college students to survive on Ramen noodles. However, after being raised in a household that eats almost exclusively organic food, I cringe at the mile-long ingredient list on a Ramen cup! When I moved to DC, I was determined to find a way to continue eating organically as much as possible, but most importantly, to eat healthy food!   Grocery Shopping

Urban Snowstorm Survival 101

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Washington, DC received between 3-7 inches of snow on Saturday. My roommate and I had plans to go to a museum and we weren’t going to let a few inches of snow stop us! So we set out to face the storm and I learned a lot that day about how to survive a snowstorm in a city that is simply not prepared to handle one. I would like to share my newfound knowledge with my readers in a list of dos and don’ts. Enjoy!   DO leave early

How I Ended Up in Washington, DC

Sunday, February 22, 2015

I first heard about The Washington Center when I was a freshman in college. Two upperclassmen had just returned from their semester interning in D.C. and gave a presentation about their experience, which I attended. At the time, I thought to myself that it sounded like a good experience, but that it just wasn’t for me. Two years later, here I am writing about my own experience interning in D.C.! So how did I get here?   On a Mission

Turning 21 in DC

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

On February 16th I didn’t have to work or go to class because we had the day off for President’s Day, which just so happens to be my birthday! My roommate and I had a great time exploring Dupont Circle, despite the cold wind and snow. We found the cutest cupcake shop to warm up in! It’s called Hello Cupcake and they have quite a variety of scrumptious-looking cupcakes.  

Learning From the Pros

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Fridays at The Washington Center are all about professional development. Whether it’s meeting in small groups to discuss our internships and leadership, visiting organizations in our field with our Professional Track, or getting together to hear from a panel of speakers about an important topic, we are increasing our exposure to and understanding of the professional world.   Civic Engagement

Visiting the Capitol

Thursday, February 12, 2015

One of the greatest things about my internship is that my supervisor really wants us to have a great time during our stay in D.C. and to learn something as well! So today, she brought me and two other interns in my office to the Capitol for a tour. I’m a very visual learner, so it was really exciting for me to be able to actually see the rooms where history-changing decisions were made by Congress. I couldn't help but feel like a part of some great community - The United States of America. I kept hearing a quote throughout my tour: "E pluribus unum.



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