15 August 2011


Posted by elsaphant under: Summer 2011 .

Well, as  I sit here on the porch in North Carolina at the beach, I can finally say it’s summer vacation! My internship at the Truman National Security Project concluded on Thursday, and yesterday I moved out of our apartment in DC. I can’t believe it’s all over–it literally feels like I was just getting lost on my way to my first day of work! The summer has been extremely education for me. In May, before I began my internship, I had my future plans all laid out: I would graduate, join the Peace Corps, and then go to law school for human rights law. Now, I have no idea, but I think that’s a good thing because with such a rigid plan, it’s easy to miss spontaneous opportunities. I learned a lot of little things through the process: how to write a radio ad, how to write an op-ed (& get it published!), and even how to live in a city. I knew very little about political communication when I started my internship, and even though I’m far from an expert, I’ve really learned more than I could have imagined, and I have to thank the Truman Project for giving me that opportunity. I think my favorite part of my internship though was meeting the Truman community. Everyone was so inspiring–they work in areas they’re passionate about and make real and actual change. And everyone was so willing to help me–a 20 year old girl with nothing to offer in return. I met so many people who taught me so much about their area of expertise, and I also met people who challenged the way I think and the way I thought my future would play out. They’ve given me amazing advice that I’m sure will benefit me throughout my career. I’m not sure where I’ll be in 5 years, or even where I’ll be in 5 months, but my time at Truman has showed me that’s ok and maybe even preferable! One thing I do know is that in 16 days I’ll be in Buenos Aires for the semester and I can’t wait!

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2 Comments so far...

Ani-Rae Says:

15 August 2011 at 11:26 pm.

Glad you enjoyed your summer, Elsa! And, I agree with your post. Interning this summer raised a bunch of questions for me too. For one, do I go to law school right after I graduate or should I take a couple years to work first? Thinking about those questions is just as valuable as the skills I learned this summer.

vanessaremmers Says:

19 August 2011 at 1:06 pm.

Elsa, I am glad that the Truman Society allowed doors to open and your life plans seem not as rigid. That must mean it was a great internship if it caused you to question where you want to go and reconsider your oppurtunities!

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