Final Reflections of DC and the Department of State

Hi all –

 

It’s hard to believe that the summer is over and our first round of classes are about to start this Wednesday. By the end of my internship it had begun to feel as if I was an employee at DOS rather than just an unpaid intern ready to finish their final year of college. My final week was spent finishing up my final project which was to draft the 2019 END Act Report and Strategic Assessment that is due to be published by Congress in October this year (yipee!). It just happened to work out perfectly that the finishing touches were due the same week I was preparing to leave! Overall I’d say this has been one of the most fulfilling summers of my life which I am surprised to say – I fully expected to be exhausted after 10 weeks of a full-time “adult” job. This experience, however, has reignighted my passions and solidifed the direction of my future career in ways I didn’t think possible.

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Meeting Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins (among other things)

Hi again!

It is hard to believe that my time here at the Department of State is coming to close. Continuing with the general trend of my time here, tons of things have been constantly going on!

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July 4th in the Nations Capital (and a surprise meeting with RBG!)

The week leading up to July 4th had things here finally slowing down a bit. We had the 4th and the 5th off at the office, so most of that week was spent painstakingly looking forward to the long weekend!¬†I did, however, manage to attend some interesting events¬†despite the distraction of the holiday. At the Smithsonian Zoo, I was able to attend the IUCN Regional Conference with my office for preparations for the 2020 World Conservation Congress in Marseilles, France. The IUCN World Conservation Congress is a two week long international conference that occurs ever four years with the purpose of connecting governments, ngo’s, businesses, academia, communities, and indigenous groups together to collaborate and harness solutions for the biggest global climate challenges we face. It was truly amazing to be in the same room as the majority of the current heads of conservation issues and even more so to hear the ideas and concerns they had for what this next conference should bring to the table. Events such as this one are increasingly important as climate change continues to escalate and temperatures continue to rise – hopefully I can find a way to attend the conference next June!

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A Busy Few Weeks at the DoS!

It’s been four weeks now since I started my internship with the Department of State. I really can’t believe the amount that I have experienced and gained since moving to DC for the summer. It feels like I’ve been here for only a week yet at the same time it feels like its been forever too. I didn’t mention in my previous post, but I am an intern with the Office of Conservation and Water within the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs or OES/ECW for short. I’ve learnt pretty quickly how much people in DC love their acronyms (I’d recommend keeping an excel sheet handy if you ever plan on working here).

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Week One at the U.S. Department of State

D.C. after a storm

D.C. after a storm

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