By:Hayley Johnson, Communications and Marketing Intern
This week marks my seventh full week of my Washington DC semester, and I find myself already having to think about scheduling my flight back home to Minnesota. To say my DC experience so far has been great would be an understatement. Seven weeks ago I had no idea that I would have the chance to meet so many kind people, navigate my way around DC and feel a part of the team at LSA.
I have come to learn that Washington DC has so much to offer to young professionals. There are always free concerts, shows and events where I am able to meet new people while also discovering unique places in the area. Although it has taken me seven weeks, I am proud to say that I am officially an expert at the DC metro. In Minnesota it is easy to drive from place to place and have quick access to parking, but in DC everything revolves around the metro system. My favorite walk in DC is to work each day. Being able to admire The Capitol, The Supreme Court Building and The Library of Congress is a nice and it’s a view I try to never take for granted. The weather in DC is finally starting to warm up and I am getting excited to be here for the Cherry Blossom Festival. DC is an incredibly beautiful city already but with the addition of the Cherry Blossoms I am sure it will be breathtaking.
Outside of exploring the DC area I am above all enjoying my internship at LSA. When I initially thought of interning I assumed I would be making coffee runs and frequenting the copy machine more than I would’ve hoped. I am happy to say my experience at LSA has been nothing close to that. Instead, I feel the opposite of your typical intern and instead like a valuable asset to the LSA team. I can’t thank my supervisors, Natalie and Tania, enough for their patience while I am learning new parts of the communication department and their continuing dedication to making my internship experience what I want it to be. It has been fascinating learning the ins and outs of marketing and communications while also adapting to working in a professional office. With April quickly approaching we are beginning to prepare for LSA’s Annual Conference and I am looking forward to the planning that has already kicked into full gear. It will be an exciting time for the team and I am looking forward to being a part of the process.
Explaining my entire experience thus far in a short blog is challenging. I feel as if I am leaving out so many important parts, but what I do know for sure is that I feel blessed and thankful every day for the chance to explore this beautiful city and learn from the wonderful staff at Lutheran Services in America. I am can’t wait to see what the next seven weeks have in store for me.