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Katie

Katie

Home Institution: Loyola Marymount University

Internship Site: The Chwat Group

Program: Politics and Public Policy

Farewell For Now, D.C.

Saturday, May 07, 2016

The day is finally here. Check-out day. It's not nearly as hectic as check-in day. Between Commencement yesterday and turning in my keys this morning, I have said goodbye to my roommates, my fellow interns and my apartment. Now, I am preparing to say goodbye to D.C....for now.

Visiting The White House

Monday, May 02, 2016

With only one week left in the semester, it appears as though my time in D.C. is going to end the same way it began - cold and rainy. Not too cold, but cold enough for this Southern California native.   Just two weeks ago, I was touring the White House Garden - when the temperature was in the mid-70s and beautiful. The weather here is extremely inconsistent, and I thought I hated the consistency of SoCal weather, but I'm reconsidering.  

How to Dress to Impress

Friday, April 22, 2016

Now that the semester is coming to an end and the weather is steadily warming up, I'm thinking it's a perfect time to talk about the dos and don'ts of professional attire. This is an important topic because studies have shown that your outfit is the first thing someone notices about you. This is especially important to remember going into any kind of interview!   Business Professional vs. Business Casual

Seeing Politics in Action

Friday, April 15, 2016

A favorite part of my internship at The Chwat Group is being able to get out of the office and venture to Capitol Hill. A large part of the lobbying effort is going to the Hill to speak with members of Congress or their staff to advocate for your client's interests. If you're not meeting with staffers, you're probably at a committee hearing where the topic relates to your client's interests.  

Figuring Out Next Steps

Friday, April 08, 2016

Hello friends, future TWCers, Mom and Dad, maybe my future boss. We officially have only 28 days left here in Washington, D.C. and it's starting to get a little more crazy with upcoming assignments and applying for summer internships, or even our first job if we're graduating.

Getting Through the Mid-Day Slump

Friday, April 01, 2016

I cannot believe that I've been here in D.C. for over 2 whole months and it's already April. We just have 5 more short weeks to go!   Checked Out

D.C.'s Famous Cherry Blossoms

Friday, March 25, 2016

As I'm writing this blog entry, the sun is shining through the window, and I can see all the happy people walking outside the RAF in t-shirts and jeans. It's finally (officially) spring and D.C.'s famous cherry blossoms are in full bloom. This is my favorite part of the season. The cherry blossoms serve as a bright spot amongst the many rainy days, and just make you feel all fuzzy inside because they're so beautiful.  

Navigating D.C. Public Transportation

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Being from Southern California, I am not at all accustomed to public transportation, and this week turned out to be a hectic one for the D.C. Metro system.   On Monday, there was an electrical fire at the McPherson Square station, leading the Metro board to shut down Metro operations on Wednesday in order to conduct inspections of the electric cables. So, D.C.'s main mode of transportation - the second busiest subway system in the country - was not running for an entire day. It was chaos.

Hello... it's me, your trusty intern blogger. This week, I'm going to discuss housing because for those of you who are prospective students, you probably have a lot of questions about it; I know I did.   The RAF

Luncheons with the Professionals

Friday, March 04, 2016

Hello, readers! It's Friday yet again! Another week has gone by in the blink of an eye and March has arrived, but time flies when you're having fun, so the saying goes.   Let's dive in, shall we?   The Internship



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