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.


Julia Bahl

Intern Diary: Julia Bahl with PBS and the Women's Media Center

October 29, 2015
I shared the stage with three talented, professional women; I was the only student. Each woman brought her own expertise to the discussion, and I centered my platform around the intersection of women, media, and politics and how working for Women’s Media Center, one of the companies who helped produce the film Miss Representation, became my call to action, my ‘aha moment’.
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.