Filed under: Internship | Tags: Business, Homeland Security, Intern, Lobbying, Travel and Tourism, United States, Washington, Washington DC
My first week in Washington, DC has opened my eyes to what most refer to as “the real world”. The professionals in this city are just that: professional. I have spoken with many interesting people in my first week here and have learned a great deal about a variety of topics. I learned about city life, job hunting, networking, legislating, lobbying, and more.
The first thing I was met with when I arrived, and am constantly reminded of, are the constraints and restrictions that come with both renting and apartment and living in the city. Some restrictions are written down, such as how many people are allowed in a room or not being able to consume food and drink on the Metro. Other rules, perhaps the more important ones, aren’t written at all. These are the unspoken rituals; consisting of unwritten codes of conduct, constraints, rules, and schedules of Washingtonian life. One that I knew before from my many visits to this city is the walk left, stand right escalator rule. This is possibly the most important rule to know when commuting or traveling in DC. After that, important, unspoken rules include: dress nicely at all times (this is a professional city, after all), walk quickly wherever you go (preferably with a cup of coffee in one hand and a briefcase in the other), don’t wait for the walk/stop sign to change before walking, don’t walk in the middle of the sidewalk, and always have business cards at the ready.
My internship is very interesting. I intern for The Potomac Advocates, a lobbying firm in Washington, DC for DoD and Homeland Security related fields. I do a good bit of research in these fields as well as preparing presentations, reports, and distributing pamphlets for lobbying purposes. It is very challenging at times, and I learn something every day. I hope the rest of my internship is as exciting and challenging as I hope it will be.
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