The Washington Center



Home Institution: Furman University

Internship Site: Manchester Trade Ltd.

Program: International Affairs

Keeping Track of My D.C. Experience

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Right now I'm sitting in New York, writing this last blog post of the summer and while the city is gorgeous, dynamic and well worth the rave, I can't seem to be able to put Washington D.C. quite past me. My time in D.C. has been so rich and eventful that it seems unreal that it's all over now.  

Gaining a New Perspective

Monday, August 15, 2016

Leaving. It didn’t hit me until I realized I had to start packing to leave. Just when it started to feel like a place I belonged in, I had to pull out my bags and boxes and pack my life up into two containers.  

My Top 5 Places to Brunch in D.C.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

If there is one thing I did completely right during my time in D.C., it’s brunch. Brunch plans are one of the only reasons I will get out of bed on the weekends, so naturally my friends and I spent our Friday nights researching brunch places for our Saturdays. Lame, you say? Well, my stomach during brunch would beg to differ.  

5 To-Do's Before You Start Your Internship

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Maybe you didn’t think past the interview for your internship, until you realized the day before you start that well, you’re starting tomorrow. Or, maybe you're the type of person who researched every single thing you could find about the organization you’ll be working for, including three other ways to get to work in case the Metro broke down. Whichever type of person you are, here are some basic things you should do before you arrive at your internship site for a semester’s worth of learning and experiencing.

It’s interesting to be in D.C. during this very political election season. Every sentence seems to end with a comment about one of the presidential nominees. Whether it be a conversation about social issues or trade policies, all conversations lead to the presidential race.    

Endless Opportunities in D.C.

Friday, July 08, 2016

Yesterday, I took the midterm exam for my evening course and realized that half of my time here in Washington D.C. has passed. This halfway point in a program is always strange, since you start counting down instead of counting up.

How to Use Your Intern Status

Monday, July 04, 2016

When commuting anywhere in D.C., I have two goals: Don’t look like a tourist and don’t look like an intern.  

How do you work best?

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Back at my home university, there are different “sections” in the library. The front part with all the computers is a more "socializing" corner, where students who come in to do a simple printing job can chat with their friends who work at the circulation desk. Further back, the environment gets a little bit quieter—people have their headphones in, their noses buried in their textbooks, or are typing away on their computer.

Professional Networking 101

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

The difference between the first week in school and the first week at work is that at work, you don't have to introduce yourself repeatedly.   "Hi, everyone. My name is Jenny, and I am a rising senior studying economics at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. I am originally from Korea, but grew up in Indonesia. Pleasure meeting you."   One introduction to all the office members and that's it. Then you get to business.  

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