WCSC Student Blog

category: Internship

This is what we do.

July 29th, 2010 – by wssms663

This summer, we bring you an inside look at the students’ experiences through their internships.  Click below to see the Flickr gallery of this summer’s interns!


Matt Gillis, photography intern for DC United soccer team and Washington Life Magazine

August 7th, 2009 – by Emily Benner

My photos from this weekend were a success.  Everyone in the office says “good job” and “I like your photos” as I walk down the halls.  I have shot a few photos that will work for one of our promo ideas.  At the end of June, I will be able to go around town with a few of the players. I am catching all of the important moments of the game and my sports photos are improving every game. I don’t feel out of place down on the field and I am comfortable shooting everything. I shot trainings and community events this week. A bunch of players went to the Children’s Hospital and signed balls and visited with the children. I got good photos to document it as well as the children really enjoying the players’ company. While I was at the hospital, one of the main web editors was saying how my photos were good, and that the budget is down, but next year when the budget goes back up they want to hire a photographer. I hope that I would get the job offer if they are looking for a full-time photographer.

I went to shoot an event with Washington Life this week. There were a few of the judges there, and some famous people. I went around and shot photos of people from the event. I am realizing I really don’t like the style of shooting for Washington Life Magazine. There is no creative style or element to it. They just want snapshots of people. It would be really nice to help break their mold and shoot more photo journalistically in the future.

Overall I am slowly learning and gaining experience. I think my photos need to improve on the tailgate of fans before the game. But now I know what I need to do. I need to stay till the end of the tailgate and shoot photos of the face painting and last minute preparations for the game.

Just the Beginning

June 10th, 2008 – by Laura

What a rush of new information, people to meet, projects to start, and loads of street names to remember. Three weeks in DC, and I feel as if I have yet to touch the tip of a growing iceberg of complexities involving the community in which I live, transportation, and my work at American Friends Service Committee, to name a few.

As an intern at AFSC, I have found satisfaction in my work, and a growing interest in human rights issues as well as the advocacy work that the agency does. Situated on Capitol Hill, my office overlooks the Hart building and subsequently, Barack Obama’s office. With some of the most powerful men and women passing underneath my window, I am led to reflect on AFSC’s mission and commitment to social justice, peace, and humanitarian service. As the weeks roll on, I will be interested to see how AFSC interplays with this pool of power.

In contrast, I am also working on a Needs Assessment as part of my internship; this requires traveling to different public high schools in DC to interview and talk with immigrant students in order to gauge significant issues that they face in school. Afterwards, I will assess their needs and available services already in place as well as make a few suggestions. More than finding myself in the middle of a rushed, business-clad, group of people on my way to work, the exposure and interaction at these high schools have been the most shocking!

My first experience was at Cardozo High School, located in a predominately African-American and Latino neighborhood, where I waited for 20 minutes to speak to the secretary who seemingly paid me no mind and had 6 angry students to deal with. While waiting, I witnessed frenzied teachers coming in and out, heard a shouting argument between the principle and a young family through his office door, and heard the fire alarm go off for 5 minutes without any response. The alarm turned off and an announcement was made to disregard the bell. Afterwards, I was able to speak to the secretary, find the students I needed to talk to, and proceed with my interviews.

How different these experiences and atmospheres are when compared to the organized, sophisticated, and powerful ones of Capitol Hill. Interacting within these two completely different realms, I hope to understand or at least recognize the connections between the two and their direct contributions to my field of interest, immigrant youth and various human right issues.

Laura Lehman

My Semester in WCSC

December 4th, 2007 – by Laura

by Sarah Roth

My experience in the WCSC program has been incredibly stretching. I have transformed into a more cultured person and been exposed to the polarities of the city, from public housing neighborhoods to elite receptions on Capitol Hill.

I had such a comprehensive educational experience; learning about race, economic and social division, politics and relationships in the Congress.

I truly learned through immersion, and I believe this is the most ideal way to learn. My internship with The Faith & Politics Institute has led me to amazing opportunities.

Not only have I had the chance of meeting influential people like Hillary Rodham Clinton or congressman and civil rights luminary John Lewis, but I have been given a sneak-peek into the relationships on Capitol Hill.

The indescribable energy that is present is a learning experience in itself, and I feel I can own my beliefs and put an educational basis behind my views and opinions.

I have been challenged to uncover the social and political issues I am passionate about and search for ways to further these issues in our society.