Well friends, another adventure has come to a close! As you read this, I’m probably on a flight from DC to St. Louis or catching up with my dear roommate after 3 1/2 months apart! I thought I would take a moment to share some of my photos and tell the stories behind some of my experiences – because what a summer this has been! I really didn’t think I could top last summer in Indonesia – but honestly, this summer has come pretty darn close 🙂
I know I have shared a lot of these photos on facebook and instagram over the summer – so I’m sorry if you’ve already seen them! Hopefully I can share a little more behind each photo and give you the big picture of my time in DC! There is also a lot I won’t be sharing to the world over this blog! So if you see me in person – ask me for more stories!!
So… I arrived in DC at the beginning of June – after spending a month in Madagascar (see this post for that update!) The photo below is from my first morning – I went for a run through the National Mall and couldn’t believe I had been in the bush of Madagascar just days before!
I’m proud to say that I became a very consistent runner during my time here! I ran pretty much every other morning, waking up just before 6am to beat the heat and humidity and take in the breathtaking views of the National Mall without the throngs of tourists. According to “my fitness pal” (PS – awesome app), I think I ran 95 miles this summer! Yeah!
I did plenty of exploring – I had quite the bucket list and checked off just about everything! This was day 1 as I was exploring the Hill and trying to figure out where my office was so I wouldn’t be late on my first day of work 😀
Okay, so then I actually started working! Here’s Martha and I working hard! 😀
The next big question you probably have is, what exactly did you do in your internship? Well… a Hill internship is…a Hill internship. There are plenty of hilarious buzzfeed articles – and they are quite accurate! I highly recommend reading this one if you want to laugh. Anyways, I worked 9-6 and every day would answer phone calls from constituents, give tours of the Capitol Building to constituents, do research on policy for staffers, attend briefings and Committee Hearings (I went to some really cool hearings – one on International Violence Against Women, Campus Sexual Assault etc), go to Intern Lectures (with awesome speakers – I have some pics below), and just do whatever anybody asked of me!
Another fellow intern and I exploring the Capitol Building! Our badges could get us just about anywhere – so this is just off the Senate FloorChuck Todd – Chief White House News Correspondent – one of the Speakers at the Intern Lectures
Fairly typical sight inside the tunnel connecting the Senate office buildings and the Capitol. The press would wait here for Senators to come off the floor and attempt to interview them before they got on the tram back to the office.
Newly elected House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy speaking at the Intern Lecture – he was hilarious!“Puppy Day” at the Capitol – yeah, that was a great day 😀One day we were walking around the Capitol and befriended one of the Capitol Police. He showed us the Press Room off the Senate Floor and so I gave an eloquent speech on… well… yeah.Okay, this was definitely the best intern lecture – I got to hear Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg speak in the Supreme Court! And she called on me to ask a question – it was certainly a highlight of the summer!! I asked her what has been her proudest moment as a Supreme Court Justice and what was the most challenging. She first said “Well, that’s like making me choose which of my four grandchildren is my favorite!” But then said that the US vs. Virginia case (made the military academy accept women) was her proudest. And for the difficult ones, she said “when we’re divided 4-5 and I’m on the 4 side” 😀Weekends were filled with exploring the sights and sounds of DC! First up, the Jefferson Memorial
The White House at dusk – absolutely beautiful.
I flew home for a quick weekend trip to see Spencer graduate from BCS!The 4th of July – Martha and I camped out at the base of the Washington Monument and had a lovely picnic and enjoyed the incredible firework show with THOUSANDS of people!
Martha and I attended the Make Progress Conference for Millennials…That was a fairly epic week but you have to ask me for that story in person 🙂They had fantastic speakers like… Vice President Joe Biden
One of my favorite Senators… Elizabeth Warren (Former Speaker of the House Nancy Peloisi and Senator Kristin Gillibrand and many others were also there!)
Went to a National’s Game!
Had to share this – the longest escalator I have ever seen!!!
On one of our last nights – enjoying ice cream on the steps of the Capitol!Met Senator Parry Murray (the other Washington Senator)Got to sit down and talk with Senator Heidi Heitkamp from North Dakorta!
REALLY wish I could have met Senator Elizabeth Warren… but I at least got my book signed! Another beautiful night at a baseball game!Drove up to Baltimore for the day
Met up with Chesna – a woman I worked with at Standard Chartered Bank in Indonesia last summer! It was so fun to see her again!Got to be in the live audience for a news broadcast for the 2014 Africa SummitChesna somehow made some phone calls and got me connected with the Indonesian Ambassador! I got to go out to his (beautiful) residence and have breakfast with him and his family!
And finally, my own Senator, my Boss and a woman I greatly admire and respect – Senator Maria Cantwell. It was an incredible summer and I am so thankful I had the opportunity to come out here and try out this DC life 😀 I loved it and hope that returning to DC is in my near future! So exciting!
Thanks for bearing with me through this long post – hope you enjoyed this snapshot of my summer! I also cooked, baked and blogged a ton! I made…
What a fabulous summer!!! And now, you might ask – what’s next? What did you learn? What is your career path? Well, honestly I have no idea. I can tell you that I have many more realistic, exciting options than I did at the beginning of the summer. But we’re not there yet – and I can’t speculate that far out. First – I have to catch a plane to St. Louis in a few hours. Then tomorrow it’s off to Seattle for a week! I’m looking forward to seeing all my friends and family and then jetting back to STL.
This school year is already promising big things! I’ll be working on my thesis, taking 18 credits (of classes I am pumped about), and madly applying to any opportunity I think may be a good fit 😀
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