Student Name: AsifSchool/Major: Virginia Tech – Business Information Technology (concentration: Decision Support Systems)
Internship Placement: Department of Defense, Washington Headquarter Service (WHS), BRAC Programming Office (BPO)
Duties: Working with the IT Team to help design and implement an affective IT Infrastructure for Defense Base Closure and Realignment (BRAC) 133 Project.
What did you like the most about interning in Washington, DC?The people. There are so many of them; they are nice and easy to communicate with. Also, all the activities going on in DC are wonderful. It is, dare I say, impossible not to find something of interest in DC not pertaining to work; something more like extracurricular or service activities.
What did you like the least?Well, I live in Dumfries, near Woodbridge, and I must say the commute on 95 is pretty bad.
Did your internship help you make future career plans?More so than make my future career plans, I think my internship has helped guide it. I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted to do, as far as a career is concerned, since the beginning of college. My problem was not knowing exactly how to go about doing so. This internship has very much helped clear up the picture somewhat. I guess only time will tell now.
What recreational activities did you participate in while in Washington?The Washington Center was nice enough to host a BBQ for the interns and that was lots of fun. I had the opportunity to meet other interns, not in the DoD department, for the first time. I met some international students and it was great fun. I have also attended other social activities for Federal Interns. This gives me the opportunity to meet fellow interns that are not associated with The Washington Center at all. It truly is a great experience thus far.
Where did you live? How were the accommodations?I am currently residing with my parents in our home in Dumfries, Virginia. It does not help being so far from a metro, the closest is in Springfield. But I have used public transportation as a means of transportation. I must say, “slugging” is a very effective method of transportation. It is what I usually use to get to and from the DC area.
Is there anything else that you would like to share about your experience?Having lived all my life in the suburbs of Virginia, I grew up in Woodbridge, actually being in DC 5 out of the 7 days at minimum is a completely different experience. The opportunities are wonderful and abundant. I think it is more of something you have to experience than let others dictate or explain to you. I am really enjoying my time in DC.
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