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My Washington D.C. Internship

November 4, 2012   

This semester I am interning at IOS Partners Consulting Firm. We focus primarily on international development, composing projects for review by development organizations such as World Bank, Asian Development Bank and International Finance Corporation.

I found my internship through the Hamilton College network. My boss, Katie McGuire, graduated in 2010, and on our breaks we sometimes talk about the commonalities and differences of our Hamilton experiences. We lived in the same freshman dorm and love Opus chai - hahaha. 

My internship has provided me with insight into another side of development that I did not know about. I was oblivious to how projects were conducted and what development even meant. I did not realize that the most efficient teams are contracted to do the work, or that composing project proposals could be so difficult, yet rewarding.    

More than half of the students on the program found their internships by networking with alumni in Washington, D.C. My fellow classmates intern in offices including the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Commerce, the Department of Justice and various business firms.

Hamilton also has a Career Center that I relied on to help me find my internship. They helped me by reviewing  my cover letter, ensuring that my resume was neatly composed, and providing contacts when I was still in the internship-hunting phase.  Beyond that, the office also holds mock interviews and makes it a priority for students to find summer internship and employment.

I only have about five weeks left in D.C. and I’m ready to make it worthwhile, visit museums, do some serious tourist things, and dine at D.C.’s finest.

(Cheers to you Katie. Thanks for teaching me the fundamentals of international development.)