WISH internship experience: wrapping it up

By Stephanie Delateur| August 2, 2019

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One of the pictures I took on the National Mall the night of my birthday in June (photo by Stephanie Delateur).

 

WISH internship experience: wrapping it up – when I first landed in DC at the end of May 2019, I was excited yet unsure of what would happen at my internship and what I would experience. I was scared but incredibly happy to be back in one of my favorite places; nothing is more exhilarating to me than seeing the view of the National Mall from an airplane window. It was the beginning of a new experience. 

In the time I have been in DC and a WISH intern, I have noticed a change in myself. Mentally, I feel like more of a grown-up with a better sense of independence. Being away from my dad for about 2 months has forced me to maneuver myself through my surroundings on my own. I have had to talk to strangers and ask for directions, for instance. That is not something I am normally comfortable doing, but I have had to step out of my comfort zone. 

I have also noticed a diminishing fear of talking to strangers and mingling. I am usually hesitant to talk to people I don’t know, but settings like the National Press Club have pushed me to be more comfortable introducing myself and interacting with strangers. 

Some advice I can give to students coming here for internships is don’t be afraid to step outside of what you know. DC has so much to offer, culturally and socially, and I believe it would benefit interns to explore the city as much as they can and to immerse themselves in DC culture. The city can be intimidating but I am sure the more students explore, the more comfortable they will become. That was my WISH internship experience, and I hope it will be the same for other interns. 

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