The Washington Center



Home Institution: Emerson College

Internship Site: U.S. World War 1 Centennial Commission

Program: International Affairs

Thank You, D.C.!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Ever since I could write, I've been writing thank you cards. I began with fill-in-the-blank style cards for people who gave me birthday presents because I could barely hold a pencil. Now I draw thank you cards for anything I feel like thanking someone for - whether that's writing me a letter of recommendation or simply having a nice chat with me in a hallway one day.

A Smithsonian Holiday Season

Monday, December 05, 2016

If there is something I am (paradoxically) simultaneously ashamed and unashamed about, it's how much I love the winter holiday season. I understand that the holidays have become a giant marketing campaign, the epitome of ruthless capitalism, and, worst of all, the most traumatic and triggering time of year for way too many people. However, at the risk of sounding heartless and selfish, the prospect of fluffy snow and jingling bells makes my heart sing.

Networking for Introverts

Monday, November 28, 2016

Networking. I've done assignments on networking, read studies about networking, and have had everyone from my parents to a sociology professor to TWC staff tell me about networking, networking, networking. Every day, as a working student and as an intern, I hear about LinkedIn or happy hour or whatever the latest newfangled social-professional trap has been invented to terrify my deeply introverted soul with. I admit it, I hate networking - at least in the traditional sense of the word.  

A Visit to the Torpedo Factory

Monday, November 21, 2016

Can thin pancakes still be fluffy? Can you get lost in a former torpedo factory? Is it possible to get to Old Town Alexandria during single tracking on the Metro?   Yes, yes, and... Maybe, but I didn't wait around to find out. I had pancakes and bacon to eat, and an art center to explore!  

Visiting the U.S. Marine Corps Museum

Sunday, November 13, 2016

The U.S. Marine Corps celebrated its 241st birthday on November 10, and I was fortunate enough to have the chance to visit the National Museum of the Marine Corps on that very afternoon! This museum was built in 2006 to honor and support the Marines and to make Marine Corps history publicly accessible. From what I can tell, the museum accomplishes all of the above - and in a beautiful, modern building with dynamic, engaging exhibit design to boot.

Getting Involved on Veterans Day

Monday, November 07, 2016

I always knew about the origins of Veterans Day, but interning at the United States World War I Centennial Commission (WWICC) has provided me with a whole new perspective on November 11th.  This coming Friday is Veterans Day, an American holiday that honors military veterans - or, as it is more commonly known, "Awesome, a three-day weekend!" November 11th began as Armistice Day in the United States and is commonly recognized as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day around the worl

Jack-O'-Lantern Carving: The Intern Way

Monday, October 31, 2016

Once upon a Wednesday afternoon, a mysterious pumpkin appeared in the United States World War I Centennial Commission's spacious intern room. Accompanying the pumpkin was a set of orange carving tools and a flyer announcing a building-wide pumpkin carving competition — with a deadline of Friday afternoon!  

Serving the D.C. Community

Monday, October 24, 2016

One of my favorite aspects of The Washington Center's (TWC) internship program is civic engagement. As part of the civic engagement component at TWC, all students are required to engage in five hours of direct action (volunteering or advocacy) in the Washington, D.C. area. This activity helps students see firsthand what issues local communities deal with and how they are being addressed - while giving back to the community hosting us for a semester.  

Finding Yourself in Portraits

Monday, October 17, 2016

The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery (NPG) is not what most people would consider a worthwhile cultural adventure. So... it's artwork of people and nothing else.

Through the Eyes of a Refugee

Monday, October 10, 2016

During many Fridays at The Washington Center, we have an afternoon session based off of our chosen professional tracks. These sessions utilize the full educational potential of Washington, D.C., bringing expert speakers into our classrooms and taking us out of our classrooms into unique areas around Washington, D.C.

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