When the opportunity to intern in D.C. presented itself, I knew it would force me to leave my comfort zone behind and grow, personally and professionally. In my first month as a TWC intern, I've learned many new things about myself that I would not have discovered had I not come to Washington D.C. Here are a few.
I recognized my professional strengths.
Every intern will take the StrengthsFinder assessment created by Gallup their first week in D.C. This evaluation identifies your top five strengths. Two of my strengths are deliberation and focusing on the future. I didn’t realize the prevalence of these strengths in my life until my roommate pointed it out to me. One night, I was talking about my future plans, outlining my alternatives. My roommate reminded me that I was getting ahead of myself. In that moment, I realized how my strengths influence every aspect of my life. Understanding my strengths will help me plan and apply for the right jobs for me because I will spend my energy seeking opportunities that I know suit me well.
I LOVE learning!
As a TWC intern, you’ll meet peers from around the world, network with role models in your field, and be exposed to D.C. culture and museums. I’ve learned that I enjoy meeting new people from different backgrounds because it helped me develop a new appreciation for diversity. From observing the nation’s founding documents at the National Archives to visiting endangered animals at the Smithsonian National Zoo, there is something for everyone that fosters their natural curiosity. By the time I leave, I’ll have a wide range of knowledge and experience with different people. This will help me connect and develop meaningful relationships with the people I am working with.
I like disinfecting things!
Living with roommates is bound to enlighten you as to your personal preferences and habits. I found that I like the appearance of clean surfaces. Disinfecting has also been an effective way for me to clear my head. I keep myself busy. After my internship, I’m finishing homework, sitting in class, attending a professional development event, or networking. An activity that requires little thinking helps me stay calm in a stressful week. As inconsequential as it may sound, discovering my ideal living environment will serve me well if I need to live with others in the future. I will know what I need to live in harmony with others.
My first month as a TWC intern has been filled with new experiences that have helped me grow both personally and professionally. I’ve discovered things about myself that will help me navigate my future ventures. I can’t wait to see what else I’ll learn about myself during the remainder of the semester. Imagine what you may learn about yourself when you become a TWC intern!