Intern Diaries

Get an insider’s perspective on what it’s like to intern around Washington and the world with the SMPA Internship Diary series. Students give first-person accounts of their intern experiences at the White House, PBS, Justice Department and more.

Interested in submitting an Intern Diary story? Email [email protected] with your SMPA major, expected graduation year and a brief description of your internship.

Kara Zupkus

Breaking News at the Washington Examiner

February 13, 2018
My reporting was featured on the Washington Examiner front page for several hours and tweeted by several political figures — something I could have only dreamed of as a journalism student.
Melissa Holzberg at Meet the Press

What it Takes to Meet the Press

February 05, 2018
Behind the cameras, television news is just like any other news story. Journalists are striving to find the truth and hold our leaders accountable — with just a bit more makeup on set.
Samantha Treiman

A Red-Carpet Internship at the Kennedy Center

January 31, 2018
Whether I was escorting media outlets at Millennium Stage performances or holding Julie Andrews' purse as she walked the red carpet at the Kennedy Center Honors, my days at the office were always exciting, to say the least.
Felicia Kalkman

Hitting the Internship Jackpot at the American Gaming Association

December 18, 2017
This internship brought me back to my roots, exploring the casino industry in a unique way while also completing reading that helped explain the links between D.C. politics and the casino industry.
Matilda Kreider

My Wild Time Protecting Public Lands

December 02, 2017
I always knew I wanted to be a journalist or work in environmentalism. Interning at The Wilderness Society allowed me to pursue both of my passions.
Laura Whaling

How I'm Moving the Planet Forward

November 16, 2017
Sometimes, getting the message out about ideas that can move the planet forward starts with a trip to a small farm town in Nebraska.
Rachel Geffner

My View From Inside a Modern Newsroom

November 08, 2017
This semester I am working as a content and analytics intern on the Politico Focus team, an in-house creative studio.