At no point did applying for and accepting an internship in Washington, D.C. feel real. It wasn’t until I got off the plane at Baltimore-Washington International Airport, having just flown for the first time, tasked with making my way to the city with two giant suitcases that it sunk in. I was really beginning a summer in D.C. Less than 24 hours later I was walking to my internship, trying to be sly about the fact that I was using google maps to get to the downtown office. This summer I am a research intern at the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA), a non-profit which focuses on reforming higher-ed policy. I received this opportunity through The Fund for American Studies, an internship program which provides not only internship placement but professional development workshops, site briefings, and a supplemental course in economics and public policy at George Mason University. Although my schedule is already quite busy, I am excited about the atmosphere of the city. This is my first time living outside of Michigan, more than 45 minutes from home, and I love the independence this provides. Accepting the risk of sounding like a tourist, I’ll say it: I love riding the metro. Maybe it is because I have never lived in an area with a prominent public transportation system. Or maybe it is because I get really impatient sitting in traffic while driving. But taking the metro, walking downtown to work in my business-casual-borderline-professional, and working a 9-5 for the first time ever (I am used to 4pm-1am, thanks, MJR), makes me feel like I am experiencing the lifestyle you imagine when you think of a young professional living in a big city. While I still feel like this is simply a short trip, and not my life for 2 months, I am looking forward to what is to come this summer.
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