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Andrea PietrzykEntering my senior year as an International Studies major, I wanted a unique learning experience that would both reinforce what I had already learned and teach me to apply it beyond the classroom. Through the Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars, I obtained an internship with Bridging Nations, a think-tank dealing with US-India relations. Through the many tasks I was given - interviewing South Asia experts, listening to White House conference calls, setting up panel discussions on terrorism - I more than accomplished my goals. My semester as an intern was certainly a turning point in my studies, as I learned how to transition myself from student to professional.

—Andrea Pietrzyk

What is expected of an intern?

An internship is a professional experience that requires professional attitudes and appropriate behavior. Although the specific responsibilities of an intern will vary considerably, below are several internship tips all students should consider:

  • Clarify expectations regarding assigned responsibilities and activities
  • Demonstrate a positive, enthusiastic attitude
  • Meet deadlines
  • Avoid office politics and gossip
  • Interact professionally with colleagues, customers, and supervisors
  • Follow office policies regarding use of phones, computers, email, etc.
  • Dress appropriately as clarified by supervisors
  • Exercise wise time management skills
  • Consult regularly with your internship supervisor and/or academic advisor about your internship experience
  • Ask for assistance and advice as needed
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Last Updated: 10/28/13