After I got my offer from the Department of Transportation I still wasn’t sure exactly what I was going to be doing there. Sure, I knew I was going to be doing some standard intern things such as opening mail, answering phones, and responding to emails, but during my first two weeks there I was pleasantly surprised that the standard internship duties where not all I was going to be doing. Quickly I was immersed in multiple different program offices that all offered differing projects for me to work on from budget to policy and research – really anything I was interested in, I could find a project for.
Aside from all of the interesting departments and projects I was able to begin in my initial weeks, I also got to meet the people of the Department of Transportation. Everyone was excited and enthralled in and with their work – and even more-so to share their excitement with a new intern. For every new office we were introduced to each of the employees that headed the office eagerly have us their business cards and encouraged us to jump into what they were working on.
All in all my first weeks at the Department of Transportation have been beyond exciting, from all of the departments and projects to the hardworking, inspiring people I am glad to have found such a rewarding place to spend my summer.