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.

Martin McSherry

Intern Diary: Martin McSherry with the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

September 14, 2015
On day one of my summer clerk internship with the Democrats on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, I got a tour of the staff's Rayburn office. My tour guide then opened up a nondescript door to what I thought was just another section of the office. I walked through and let out a gasp.
Chris Evans at the White House

Intern Diary: Chris Evans with White House Digital Media

August 20, 2015

From the glossy admissions packets to the exciting first year orientation, SMPA students are continually told that their school is only five blocks from the White House.

Myles Goldman

Myles Goldman, PCM '15, at Sage Communications

April 09, 2015
From day one I was contributing to client deliverables. In my first few weeks I was asked on several occasions to compile media coverage reports for a specific client and do research related to social media.
Laura Shuey-Kostelac

A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Intersection of Media and Government

September 29, 2014
By actively working with the Justice Department’s Press Secretary to arrange and carry out these events, I gained a true appreciation for the amount of planning and coordination that takes place behind the scenes and the important role of communications in spreading a federal executive department’s message.
Kevin Frey

Intern Diary: Kevin Frey at Cox Media Group

August 28, 2014
On day two of my internship, they gave me a camera, microphone, and tripod and sent me out solo to cover a press conference at the Capitol.
Aysia Woods

Intern Diary: Aysia Woods at Washington Life Magazine

January 15, 2014
The Devil Wears Prada is surely one of my favorite movies of all time, so when I was offered a position as an editorial intern at Washington Life Magazine last summer, I eagerly accepted in hopes of being an Andy Sachs-in-training.
Mariana Sotomayor

Intern Diary: Marianna Sotomayor at CNN

December 04, 2013
I am the absolute worst at making decisions. I can never decide what to eat for dinner or what movie to watch. So choosing an internship for my fall semester was quite the challenge. Three days before school started, I had two offers on the table, and no decision. Then my phone rang. It was CNN.