Week 2

Week 2

The second week is over and it really flew by. I feel I am getting the hang of things around D.C. and I did a lot of fun new things! My internship at the General Delegation of the PLO has been interesting. I have been helping my co-workers with general public affairs and media work, as well as working on updating the website. It was a busy week, but I am enjoying my position, and I hope to get the opportunity to do some more writing. I will again go over what I feel were the Good, the New, and the Colorful moments of my week.

 

The Good: Capitol Visitor's Center Tour

On Friday, my LEAD group and I took a tour of the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, lead by Tom Fontana, the Director of Communications. We learned about practically every room, picture and statue in the building. One that particularly stuck out to me was the statue memorial for John L. (Jack) Swigert, Jr., who was an astronaut on the Apollo 13 mission. He was elected to Colorado's sixth Congressional District in 1982, but died of cancer before being sworn in, which is why he is named a congressman 'elect' on the statue.

 

Congressman "Elect" Jack Swigert Statue from the Visitor's Center


The best part about his story is that they placed Swigert's statue under the skylight in the Visitor's Center, so that he may always be able to look up at the moon. And his golden helmet reflects the Capitol dome from any angle in the room. How cool! I learned so many amazing facts about the Visitor's Center, and it was a super fun and informational tour.


The New: The Networking night

This week I was invited to a '"Summer Intern Networking Night" by PredcitIt. This event included interns from all over D.C., and not just from TWC. It was great to meet so many fellow interns. The event was one of many opportunities I have to network with others and get my foot in the door. I actually met some new TWC students there, and we all decided to get pizza together, along with my roommate, Becca. Of course, the White House was only two or three blocks away, so we took a short detour and snapped some pics in front of the President's house. The networking night was fun, and I got to meet some really cool people.

 

Becca and I posing in front of the White House

 

 

The Colorful: Pride Festival

The Pride Festival looked like such a interesting and fun experience, and I was disappointed to have missed most of it. As it was my birthday this weekend, I went home to Howard County, MD on Sunday to see my family. However, I did experience some of the craziness of the festival on Saturday. I experienced a ton of traffic on the bus, Uber and the metro during most of the evening. I met up with friends for brunch in Dupont Circle, and after showing them around D.C. a little more, we eventually encountered the mass congregation of people in the metro.

 

The Metro at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday

 

I also got to see part of some floats, as well as the parade participants, who were dressed hilariously. I saw many observers walking toward Dupont, and many of them were dressed in more crazy outfits and all carrying the LGBT flag. It was quite a sight, and I wished I had been able to see everything. Below is a video from capitolpride.org that gives a snapshot of what the parade looked like!


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