I honestly can’t believe how fast time is passing. Its officially been one month since I’ve arrived and I’m having the time of my life to say the least. I am really learning a lot at my internship and have had the chance to get a real feel and I can really say that I love it. I’m gaining a lot of hands on experience and enjoy the professional yet friendly work environment. The attorneys in the office really work as a team and have made me as well as the other interns really feel like we are a part of that team.
As with everywhere else in the nation it is prime time for Midterm election campaigning and of course it hits DC in a big way. Because I work for the district’s Attorney General and this is the first year they are not going to have a mayoral appointment I was fortunate enough to sit in on a closed panel and meet all of the candidates running for the position.
Last week I had the chance to visit the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. It was one of the most humbling and somber experiences I’ve had in a long time. It’s a really beautiful museum with a multitude of exhibits that definitely requires a half of day to be able to take in and see everything. I would personally dedicate a day to each museum especially the ones that are a part of the Smithsonian Institute and other free ones.
Here are some of my first month tips and tricks:
* Always have an umbrella! Rain is frequent and varies between a light sprinkle to a very heavy pour.
* READ, READ, READ! There are signs and posters and flyers everywhere. Reading could be the difference from getting on the wrong train, walking down the wrong street, and ending up in a completely different neighborhood or missing out on a great opportunity.
* Talk to people. You’ll often be pleasantly surprised by how easy it is to make connections and gain new friends!
* Have fun! Work life balance becomes important. Besides work and school there are so many things to do at any moment. Plan ahead but also be flexible and accept on the spot invitations.