Looking back at my time here in Washington, D.C. I can honestly say I was not ready for what was in store for me. D.C. is a phenomenal place that is filled with adventure and excitement. Plus getting to work in the variety of government agencies and Capital Hill is something that cannot be put into words.
For those future ANRP/PPIP interns coming to Washington D.C., I offer you the following tips and advice to make your time in D.C. one you will never forget
1. GO explore D.C and TRAVEL
a. There is always something to do in D.C.. You will never be bored. Explore all the museums, go see the monuments, check out local events and festival happening on weekends. Make every effort you can to get out and explore whenever you can. You have such an amazing backyard at your fingertips here in D.C., use it to your fully advantage!
b. Also, the Mount Vernon Trail is only a five-minute run from the Buchanan and has some awesome views! D.C. for sure makes it easy to stay active and fit while you enjoy some of the best views of our great nation.
c. Travel on weekends to other great spots in our nation! New York and Philadelphia are a short bus or train ride away and tickets are not that expensive
2. Take advantage of your employment opportunity.
a. Working in the D.C. area gives you the perfect opportunity to get a first hand experience to the politics and policy that shape our great nation. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF IT!
b. Be that intern that goes over and beyond of what is expected from you. Get to work early, ask around the office for work if you need something to do, and be happy and proud to work in your set office. I promise you will not regret and bit of it.
3. NETWORK, NETWORK, NETWORK
a. You will have this incredible opportunity to meet some amazing people from a variety of industries and fields. Have your business cards on you at all times and follow up with them! Develop that network of yours into something professional and incredible. You may never know when your network may come in handy.
4. Develop Yourself
a. Getting to work and live in D.C. will give some of you your first taste of working adult life. Take this time you have to discover you passions and truly develop them! Work on projects that inspire and intrigue you. Ask to attend briefings and meeting that get you excited and motivated. Find your passion and develop it as much as you can.
b. Also take this time in D.C to develop yourself personally. You may not get another time like this to be off in the big world by yourself. Use the opportunity you have to live life to the fullest!
I really cannot believe that I only have one week left before I leave this place that I have grown to love and move back home to Texas.. Time has for sure flown by and I am nervous but excited to return home. Washington, D.C. has truly shaped me into a person that I am proud of professionally and personally. I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything else in this world.
Thank you Washington D.C.. Thanks and Gig ‘Em for everything.
Nathan M. Glavy ‘15
Office of Congressman Filemon Vela
Washington, D.C. – Fall 2015