‘Tis the season!

Soo, it’s pretty much December… where did the time go?? It seems like it was just a few weeks ago that I started my position as a Conflict Assessment Intern. Slowly, the temperature has dropped (and so has the humidity, thank goodness!), but the research and learning have continued. I do have to say, it was a great first internship to have in DC and will be a wonderful jumping-off point for future endeavors…

I have two weeks left and just received a reminder email today to write an ‘exit memo’ prior to taking off for the holidays. We are going to keep better track of our intern alumni as well as their thoughts about the strengths/weaknesses of the program. As I mentioned before, we have started our social media endeavor, and the Fund for Peace is now officially represented on LinkedIn!

On a note of nostalgia, we are also planning a going away happy hour for all the interns of the office to get together one last time before we separate and go in our own directions. Even though our title of ‘intern’ is the same, our backgrounds and current endeavors are not.  Myself and another intern are currently enrolled at AU, while another is an undergrad. Still another is in between school opportunities while one has just started his law program.

It is this diversity in the workplace that adds to the dynamics and culture. We are able to bounce different ideas off of each other, ask for help and provide suggestions for research outlets. And, we also get along so well. I’m not quite sure if the diversity of backgrounds was chosen on purpose, but if it was, I think it was a major success and should be continued. Oftentimes, we take for granted how unique and international the city of DC can be. It is wise to take advantage of as many opportunities as possible just talk to people. You’d be amazed at what you learn!