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.

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.
Jeffrey Peterson

Fighting for a Cause and Following Dreams up Capitol Hill

November 06, 2017
My summer at the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation gave me the opportunity to pursue the type of work I aspire to do for a cause I believe in.
Bloomberg BNA meeting room

Intern Diary: Catherine Douglas Moran at Bloomberg BNA

September 09, 2017
A lot of people have asked me what the "BNA" stands for. This summer I discovered it means topical and thorough news coverage written by a collegial team of dedicated journalists.
Ellie Smith

My Road to the 'Running of the Interns'

July 13, 2017
From the National Press Club to the Supreme Court, my road to joining “Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace“ as an intern is a journey only an SMPA student could experience.
Lande Watson

Intern Diary: Lande Watson at the Department of Justice

January 03, 2017
Lande Watson, PCM '18, expected to read through an intern manual and maybe help with some research on her first day as a speechwriting intern at the Department of Justice. Instead, she was assigned a speech for Attorney General Loretta Lynch due at the end of the day.