The Washington Center



Home Institution: University of Puerto Rico - Arecibo

Internship Site: Embassy of Mexico

Program: International Affairs

Washington D.C. is a city of change and The Washington Center plays an important role in this transformation by giving us the opportunity to expose ourselves to life changing experiences that would further develop our professional careers. Today I look back to an afternoon in September, as I sat in my room in Puerto Rico with the internship application and asking myself if I really wanted to do this. I’m certain I made the right decision!

Now that my TWC semester has come to an end, I wanted to dedicate a short blog post to the guys I got to see each and every day. For 108 days, I lived in apartment 601 with the goofiest, funniest and smartest dudes ever.  

Places for the Coffee Lover Within

Monday, April 24, 2017

Famous comedian Lewis Black once said: "I like coffee because it gives me the illusion that I might be awake." As an intern, I rely heavily on a regular dose of caffeine to keep the engine going.

D.C.'s Coolest Volunteer Opportunity

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

As part of the TWC internship experience, students are asked to contribute a few hours of service in the D.C. community. After a long search, I came across the National Cherry Blossom Festival and decided to apply to be a volunteer. I didn’t expect to have such a hands-on experience (or that I would get to be a balloon carrier in the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade)!  

Intern's Guide to D.C. Photography

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and this certainly rings true in Washington, D.C. The nation's capital is a city worth photographing every day, and even the most random of corners will make great snapshots for your social media followers.   You don’t have to be a professional photographer or need a top-of-the-line digital camera to deliver an Instagram-worthy picture. Just consider these few tips, and you will see your pictures go from random snapshots to images that tell a story.

Interning at the Embassy of Mexico

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Interning in Washington D.C. has put me at the epicenter of global policy. But working at the Embassy of Mexico has given me a front row seat to one of the most important diplomatic relationships of the United States. With all the buzz of the new administration surrounding the trade partnership between these North American giants, there is always something to do at the office.  

A mid-March snowfall in Washington D.C. can sound a bit scary and odd. Usually, winter is gone by now, but last week we had a very hefty snowstorm. For someone who considers 70-degree weather back in Puerto Rico to be a bit chilly, snow is a huge event for me, and I wanted to make the best of it. For those of you who will spend time in D.C. during the winter, here are a few things you should do to make the most of it!   1. Have a Snowball Fight

All That Jazz

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

As a musician, there is nothing better than to sit down, relax and enjoy a great musical performance. What a better way to do it than at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Personally, I enjoy everything from Caribbean rhythms to classical music, so I was eager to find good music concerts in the city.

Advocating for Education in Puerto Rico

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

With so many activities in the nation's capital, one can miss out on great opportunities to discuss issues you really care about. A word you will hear a lot during your time in Washington D.C. is “advocacy.” This is when a person, organization or group participates in activities to influence the decision-making process and public opinion on any given topic.  

20 Hours in New York City

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

We crossed the Lincoln Tunnel, and I could see skyscrapers and yellow taxi cabs. I heard Frank Sinatra playing on Spotify, and I knew I was going “right through the very heart of it… New York, New York ♫."  

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