Franklin College of Arts & Sciences: August 2011
Intern at Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Geographic
I participated in the UGA Washington Semester Program in Fall 2010, and it was easily one of the best decisions I ever made. The program, and specifically its director, Don DeMaria, were immensely helpful in my academic and professional endeavors. Although I am not affiliated with a policy-oriented major, the program was very welcoming, and I was fortunate to intern with the Smithsonian American Art Museum as part of their Advanced Level Program (and subsequently made incredible connections in D.C.) This period of study, work, and exploration of a new city and new prospects was remarkable for me in a time of examination as to what step I would take next in life. I was lucky that I was able to assist the program and the impressive group of Spring 2011 as its Program Assistant while interning with National Geographic - two experiences that far exceeded my expectations. Both my Fall and Spring groups were an incredible collection of individuals brimming with talent, prospects, and very bright futures. My eight months in D.C. certainly altered my future for the better, and I am fortunate and grateful to now be employed by National Geographic. I am very lucky to have the Washington Semester Program and its affiliates as valuable elements in my life.