I’m going to be honest– of all the internships I applied for, I did not think I would end up at a government relations firm focusing on transportation policy. What surprised me was not the government relations portion, but rather the transportation policy part. I have always wanted to dabble in the government relations/lobbying sector, just to see what it’s like. However, I never really gave much thought to transportation policy.
On second thought though, transportation has been a huge constant in my life. Growing up in New York City, I was always on different modes of public transportation everyday. As an out-of-state student traveling between New York and Michigan all the time, I was very (too?) familiar with air travel. Last semester, I was lucky enough to study abroad and travel within in Europe, where I had higher exposure and frequency of taking different modes of transportation. Transportation is and has been extremely central in my life– I just did not realize to what extent it was important.
This is going to be my first time spending a summer in Washington DC. This should be especially interesting because I want to figure out if I would enjoy living in this city post-grad. DC is a very viable city for me because of the fact that I’m into everything government-and-politics related. I think that even though there are a lot of job opportunities out here, the city environment matters a lot too. We’ll see– I’m going to try and keep an open mind about it.