The Washington Center



Home Institution: University of Cincinnati Main Campus

Internship Site: Potomac Advocates

Program: International Affairs

TWC Last Day

Friday, May 01, 2015

Dear Everyone,  

Hey folks!   Wanted to take a moment to talk about something that is probably one of the most important aspects of an intern's time here in D.C. I'm talking about socializing (networking). I realize that most of my blog has just covered my experience here, but I wanted to write something with a little more meaning and provide advice to my readers (hopefully you think it's something good!).  

Guest Blog: Catherine McParland

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Hey everyone! Recently, a coworker/fellow TWCer let me in on the fact that she was a blogger too! She keeps her own chronicle on WordPress. While it's not an official TWC blog, I thought it would be an interesting opportunity to hear from someone else for a change.   So without further ado: Catherine McParland!   More from me soon!   - Taylor    

Less Sleep, More Work

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Looking back to the first day of orientation, staff at The Washington Center had a lot to say. But if there was one thing that held true it was when Dr. Jenna Dell told us that we "would not have a lot of time for sleep this semester." She was right. As we come down to the wire here, my internship, along with the copious amounts of schoolwork, has created an environment for lack of sleep, lots of caffeine, and one worn-out Taylor.  

The TWC Grind

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Being a TWC intern who doesn't live near where the programming occurs requires some critical time management skills. Get up at this time, leave at this time, walk this fast, avoid the Starbucks you pass, etc... So why can't the Metro work with me here?!! See example below. Every Thursday night I have my TWC Academic Course at the RAF; it ends around 9:00 p.m. However, the subway waits for no one. The struggle is real.  

Chef Tay... Where has the time gone??

Thursday, April 02, 2015

If there has been one defining lesson learned during my time here in Washington, it is that I will never have enough time to do everything that I wish to accomplish. I came in with a lot of goals. They ranged from learning how to cook, to tying a bow tie and included some more complicated goals, too. Learning to speak Portuguese and finishing all of the supplemental research I have to do before I head to Europe for the first weeks of summer, for instance.

Spring Break 2K15

Monday, March 23, 2015

During the school year I always look forward to weekends, "reading days," or any kind of break. The time away from everything really helps me to refresh and start anew on Mondays (oh, the dreaded Mondays). Unfortunately, the professional world doesn't work this way. No Christmas break, no winter break, and no summer break. How else am I going to soak up the sun in the office? You're right... I'm not. Not that I don't love where I work, because I do.

Week 7: Snow to Sun - Half Way Done

Thursday, March 12, 2015

If you're like me, winter is the worst part of the year. Seasonal depression is alive and well, especially in Washington--where the wind chill this semester has gotten below zero degrees at some points! Walking to work was definitely not a breeze (see what I did there?). There are ups and downs, however. For example, the federal government is notorious for shutting down due to a very minimal amount of snow/bad weather. So when the snow comes, you can expect most of the city to be shut down. This has happened at least once per week since my arrival.

This was probably one of the busiest weeks that I have had, so far as work goes. Imagine how the New York Stock Exchange floor is and then multiply that by 100. That is how our intern back room was last week. We have been working on analyzing the fiscal year budget for the past several weeks and had compiled all of our research into books thousands of pages long. Last week was so busy because we had to put all of the books together in hard copy form!! Thousands upon thousands of pages were printed, organized, bound, and mailed. The whole nine yards.

Week Four: The Weather Waits for No One

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

This time last year, while I was still on campus at the University of Cincinnati, it was so cold that they canceled school. Unfortunately, the same does not apply for work. As wind chill temperatures dip into the negatives here, us interns must still go to work in the freezing cold. I have learned to dress very warmly.

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