DC Reflections: Farewell D.C.
Before I started my internship, I was unsure what to expect. I knew my entire summer would take place in the strongest city in the United States- Washington, D.C. In addition, I knew that my internship would be with the Community Development Financial Institution Fund (CDFI Fund), part of Domestic Finance in the Department of the Treasury. Although, the only information I knew about the CDFI Fund involved my preparation for the serious phone interview. My knowledge had limits on my future internship duties; however, I did notice that the internship would provide an incredible experience that will improve my academic degree and professional career.
I approached every challenge as a learning process where I was quickly ready to absorb all sorts of information. The main goal that I set for myself was to gain more experience. The goal was extremely broad and it had the ability to take shape in any form or pulled to any direction. As a result, I would at least depart D.C. with some experience, rather than having a goal unmet. The essence of my goal statement was to finish my internship on August 10, 2013 as a better person, with more professional experience, as well as to learn how the federal government functions first hand. At the same time, take advantage of all the opportunities D.C. offered to young inspiring professionals. At this moment, I have met all my short and long-term goals. The learning process perspective created a route to learning more about the CDFI Fund and its opportunities.
I learned early; there is no job too large or too little in a government internship. I also learned a few things about myself starting with learning how to speak up. Every time I went to a meeting and had some input, I learned how to articulate my responses. Next, I learned how to really work hard. I realized that I had no time to waste since they did not have to give me the internship opportunity. As a result, I learned how to get the most out of my time and theirs.
I will forever keep with me three things that I learned from D.C.: The city offers various opportunities for individual growth, first-hand experience of a political and business atmosphere, as well as exposure to all types of the vast and diverse cultures from across the nation and the world. My experience in D.C. provided the real-world relevance that is uncommon from a typical classroom setting. I honestly admit that my undergraduate degree has gained value through my study abroad and internship experience.
My internship was a learning experience where it provided a more optimistic view of my academic and professional career. From the courses I have taken at Georgia State University to the real world experiences, the goals I set for myself have shed light into a career path that is no longer difficult to imagine. In the end, an unpaid internship is about working hard and not about putting a price tag on the experience.
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