I can’t believe this summer and internship are coming to a close. This opportunity has absolutely validated the saying ‘time flies when you’re having fun.’ When I first arrived in D.C., this day seemed like it was forever away, and now it’s here.
My experiences through the AAA Internship have opened my eyes to the vast possibilities that my future holds within the field of anthropology. This has been a roller coaster ride. This past week Katie Vizenor at AAA gave me the opportunity to go out to the University of Maryland to visit Professor Mark Leone and the Anthropology department. This was a wonderful opportunity and I had an amazing discussion with Professor Leone. He really took the time to listen to my goals, aspirations, and thoughts on the anthropology profession. In addition, he was full of wonderful advice about my next steps.
This internship has been an experience that will affect the rest of my life and that I will constantly look back upon. As many of the other interns in my residence building on Capital Hill have pointed out, Emily and I have the best internship in D.C. They come home with stories about doing nothing while we come home with exciting tales about our day, our experiences, and in some cases our challenges.
As I prepare to return to Wooster to complete my senior year I am filled with excitement to finish my undergrad, start looking at grad schools, jobs, and fellowships and begin the next steps of my journey. This internship has given me the confidence to get excited about the unknown opportunities of the future. Who knows, I might even end up back at AAA!
For my last night in D.C. I spent it doing what I know best and where I felt most at home. First, I completed a 6-mile run around all of the monuments one last time. Then Emily, Margaret, our other roommate, and I went on an adventure for ice cream. I will absolutely miss spending time with the two of them and exploring the beautiful culture, people, and history of D.C. Until next time!
Your whole young life you are taught how to “be professional”; work harder, look spotless, be organized, on time is late, “This won’t fly in the real world sister!” You come to expect this well-oiled elite machine, where only the best make it and if you don’t keep up, you’ll be left behind. What I found when I came to this internship was something different. What I have come to realize is the simple reality that we are all human; sometimes we are late, unorganized, behind, lost, and usually we are all just figuring things out as we go. I have learned to improvise, innovate, and engineer projects and solutions.
The people behind AAA are very different than the members of AAA, and I watched them do these things every day with a precision and attention that anthropologists should thank their stars for. From now on whenever I read an Anthropology report, or research on AnthroSource or find a AAA email in my inbox, I will know the people who made it and understand the work they put into it. I can see them now, in their offices typing furiously away or conferencing in the halls with one another.
I am so glad I was able to participate in this internship. I made so many connections, have lots of follow-up ideas, heard about other programs, and got inside perspectives. The other interns I lived with and met in D.C. were supremely jealous of my position and I cannot blame them. The support and opportunity I received from AAA was great and I only wish it could have been longer. It takes time to settle in to a new place and get the pattern and flow of things; just as I was fitting in, I was booted out (figuratively, everyone at AAA and NHHC UAB are much too nice to actually “boot” anyone). All I can say is, THANK YOU.
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