As my 2nd week here in D.C. comes to a close, things have become more routine. I wake up at 7:00 and meet the other interns working at ACP at 7:50 for our morning commute. We arrive at ACP about an hour later and then I stop by the Kurig machine for the first of many coffees. We all work, one intern on each floor of the building, until noon when we all take our lunch break together. We talk about our days as I inhale my lunch with enthusiasm. Afterwards, we go back to our work and then meet up again to catch the 5:00 shuttle to the metro station and begin the trek home. Once I get home I spend the rest of the day sitting on the couch watching TV until I go to bed. Then I wake up the next day and do it all again.
I've spent a little less than a week in Washington D.C. and I've so far only put in 2 whole days of work with my internship, but it's already been a great experience. I've had lunch with Nobel Prize winners, stood next to buildings that I had only ever seen in textbooks, and I've sat at a desk for a regular 9-5 job. All of these are new experiences for me and all of these I've done in my time here so far.
This summer was a good experience for me. I knew there was a lot to the field of science policy, and I knew that my public policy master coursework would be useful. However, nothing beats first-hand experience working on science policy.
I had been saying that I would soon be a teacher, that I wasn't actually a teacher yet but would be starting at my first position in a few weeks. My colleagues at the PTRA Summer Institute have forced me to banish the future tense.
This has been a big week for me personally. After years of training, and months of back-breaking, nerve-wracking searching, I have a teaching job. I am the newest math teacher at Van Buren High School in Van Buren Arkansas.