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.