Despite the fact I probably represent the type of politics that Rachel Shabad learned to hate while here in DC, I enjoyed reading her take on the DC summer intern experience, and I thought I’d share a bit of it:
Going into the Machon Kaplan program, I had many expectations and so many things I wanted to accomplish that I had no idea where to begin. After attending URJ Eisner Camp for 10 consecutive summers and having just finished my freshman year at American University, I knew that I had to start something new. Washington, D.C. had already been my home for 10 months, but I never really saw or learned as much as I wanted or planned to. Judaism and Washington, D.C. seemed like the best combination to start my new journey. And it has been quite the journey… So much of what I’ve learned is hard to put into words, so I’ll try to sum it up with six simple rules and six not-quite-as-simple observations:
Rule #1: Never stand on the left side of the metro escalator. Observation #1: There are many different things that interest me, but I can never really choose just one. You learn in life by trial and error, as you should use and take advantage of everything that is given to you. Washington is exactly that type of an interactive classroom; you can learn from the textbooks that are given to you, but you really connect and have a deeper understanding of how politics really works by living and working with it all under your nose. As my family and I are huge political junkies, there’s no surprise that I am a political science major. I have always wondered how the world around us works. Who created these rules? Society changes, so why don’t the rules change? Speaking of rules, rule #2: You know you’re a D.C. intern if you walk with purpose, or dress the part. Observation #2: My internship has taught me more than I ever thought it would in just six short weeks. I was able to fully understand how Congress really works, how the world changes, for the good, bad, or whatever else there is. I was able to witness and experience it all firsthand.