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Merle, I've a feeling we're not in China anymore....

...although China and DC smell similar

So this isn't China, that's for sure. But it sure does smell like China sometimes!

For those of you who haven't realized yet, I'm spending my last fall semester of my undergraduate career in the nation's capital. I'm part of a program through the John Glenn College of Public Affairs called the Washington Academic Internship Program (aka WAIP). As a WAIPer (those who partake in WAIP), I will be interning four days a week, taking weekly seminar classes, writing a policy paper, attending policy salons, going on study tours to various locations around DC, AND taking an online intensive reading cultural diplomacy class for fun (because who doesn't take 4000 level classes for fun while also doing WAIP... *nervous laughter*).

I've been here in DC for about three weeks now and have been meaning to get around to starting this blog to document my time down here. I'll try to post a few times a week if something interesting happens (let's face it, this is DC there's always something interesting happening) and I'll make sure to post about our study tours because those are my favorite part!

You may be asking "Where are you interning, Rachel?" Well, FUN FACT, I didn't know until about a week ago myself. I applied to countless internships (last I remember the count was at 15) last minute because my initial internship fell through so we had to initiate Plan B about a week before I moved down here. I started last Tuesday at my temporary internship at American Councils for International Education. This educational non-profit administers State Department study abroad programs (aka my first trip to China with NSLI-Y. Here's the blog from that trip if you need a good laugh: http://ruixueinchina.travellerspoint.com/). It's pretty cool getting to work on the flip side of the program and see what the Admin and Placement teams do to facilitate these programs. Which is a lot. They're already planning 2017 summer programs and the 2016 summer programs only got back a little over a month ago...

My official internship will start at the beginning of October at Alion Science and Technology. My WAIP Program Manager told me that I'll be the first female that she has sent to intern at Alion which is cool but also overwhelming.

I'll try to post things about what I've done, what I'm eating since I have to cook for myself now, funny things that happen to me, what it's like being a YoPro (Young Professional for those who don't know), anything cool I see while down here, that kind of stuff. They (hopefully) won't be as long as this and will be more short, sweet, and to the point.

On the horizon of Rachel's DC life: Friday's study tours are to Alion for a "Lunch and Learn" and a Pentagon tour. Don't know which one I'm more excited about...

Today's Motto: Hakuna Matata

And that's your Dailey dosage.

Posted by ruixueinchina 19:16 Archived in USA Tagged washington dc intern ohio_state

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