In 70 days, a lot can happen. You can eat 70 donuts, write 70 essays, and even get your coat stuck in the metro doors 70 times. Now I’m not saying that these things happened to me personally, although some of them might have, but what I am saying is that the past quarter that I’ve spent interning at the Smithsonian Associates has made the mundane routines of working life so much more exciting than I could have ever imagined.
I’ve experienced things in the capital that I never would have experienced at home in Los Angeles. All thanks to my internship, I was able to meet the famous French chef Dominique Ansel and take a selfie with him, sit in on a lecture from a real FBI behavioral analyst and see clips of her interviews with real serial killers, and interview the highly acclaimed travel and food writer, Monica Bhide, among many other equally cool programs that I got to attend. I also met snow for the first time, which wasn’t as pleasant, but a fact of life that I have come to accept.
I can’t say that I don’t miss the 70 degree winters in California at all, but I am confident that even the beautiful weather can’t measure up to the opportunities that were presented to me while working here. Even though sometimes my California/”valley girl” accent made me stick out like a sore thumb in an overall very professional city, the Smithsonian itself has become a home away from home for me.
For now though, my quarter in DC is coming to an end and I will be returning to the University of California, Santa Barbara to finish up my last year before I graduate in June. Even though I’ll have the beach back, I’ll definitely miss my favorite lunch spot in the gardens with this awesome view of the Smithsonian castle and the lunch breaks that I got to spend Instagramming new exhibits from around the museums.
I hope everyone has enjoyed the past couple of blog posts on 1100 Jefferson, and that you will keep reading to see what the Associates has in store for its next very lucky social media intern! Thank you!
Written by Danielle Fogel, social media intern at the Smithsonian Associates