Now that I’ve reached the end of my stay in Washington D. C. I can say, without a doubt, that this experience has been invaluable to my personal and professional life. First and foremost this summer has solidified the direction I want to take in my career; without a doubt I want to move to D.C. as soon as possible! Just from a personal aspect, I now know that D.C. has everything that I could ever want while living in a city – beautiful scenery, tons of extracurriculars, and a thriving work atmosphere. As for my professional life; my internship at the Department of Transportation really allowed me to experience what it’s like to work for a federal agency – turns out I like it. Because of the experience from this internship I definitely want to continue pursuing a career in the federal government.
My biggest piece of advice for anyone who is beginning an internship in Washington D.C. would be to try to make the most out of every situation you can. If you finish up a project early, immediately ask for a new one. Ask if you could attend a meeting or conference for something that interests you at you job. Are you interested in a certain career field? Ask a person in that field to go to coffee! Literally just do anything you can do to become more involved during your time there!