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.

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.
Anna Fodero

Intern Diary: Anna Fodero on Capitol Hill

September 11, 2013
Interning on Capitol Hill in Senator Patrick Leahy's office was one of the most valuable experiences I've had at GW. Not only did I learn how to work in what is considerably the most professional environment in DC, but I also formed personal ties with a place that at first glance is intimidating.
Bridgett Lynn

Intern Diary: Bridgett Lynn at BBC World News America

April 29, 2013
I was surprised every day by how much I learned at the BBC's DC bureau, and my internship for BBC World News America (WNA) has increased my knowledge of international reporting and television news production.
Stephanie Stich at Capitol

Intern Diary: Stephanie Stich on Capitol Hill

April 19, 2013
“SMPA allowed me the privilege to say I worked on "the Hill" - an opportunity that most journalism students only dream about. And for that I'm grateful and ready to take on new challenges in my life and career.” -Stephanie Stich, JMC ‘16, Capitol Hill intern