Last week was much different from the previous weeks of the internship, as I spent two full days out of the office to attend the excellent intern-led tours of Capitol Hill and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.
Reaching the halfway point of my time in DC feels bittersweet… and also a bit terrifying. In five weeks, I’ll head home to enjoy a couple more weeks of summer before I ship myself off to Chile for a ten-day data science school and then start my final year of undergrad.
Two years ago I attended the APS Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP). A data scientist gave a fantastic plenary talk about her path from earning a PhD in Astrophysics to working in the tech industry.
This week I am feeling very spoiled by this internship. On Thursday evening, we went on an amazing dinner cruise. On the boat, we enjoyed a beautiful view of DC, a three-course meal, drinks, and dancing.
My first week in DC has flown by! I am the APS Career Programs Intern this summer, and I am working with Crystal Bailey to create a deck of playing cards that features successful women in different physics careers.