Week 1: First Week in DC

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Friday, June 14, 2013


Katherine Stankus

Arriving late due to my school being on the quarter system, I hit the ground running. My first day of my internship included commuting with the other interns to the ACP (American Center of Physics) building in Maryland. Once we arrived, I met the AIP staff, had a mini orientation, and finished up some paperwork with HR. It was a nice way to start because later there was a bbq and talent show for the entire building. In the late afternoon, I headed over to the Capitol and met everyone in the office (Minority House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology)  I would be working with for the next couple of months. I got a tour of the office area, walked to some of the other buildings we commute to, and received my official ID badge.

The next day was my first real day of work. I commuted on the metro with the rest of the DC workforce. The morning consisted of more training and an overview of what an intern’s duties are for the summer. Later that afternoon I was given my first couple of assignments – research related work, dropping off transcripts to the Majority House Committee office in Rayburn, and picking up the mail.

It’s amazing how fast time flies by, I have been in DC for three days and feel like I have already been working here forever. It’s hard to believe that earlier this week I was finishing up on finals, moving out, and getting ready to fly to DC. This has been an eventful week and I am excited about what’s in store for next week – we will be having two hearings.

Katherine Stankus