TWC Internship Program was Worth the Effort Past Review

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Emerson College: Washington, D.C. - The Washington Center

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I loved this experience. It taught me how to behave in a work environment and provided experiences I couldn't have found anywhere else. I also was able to earn a second internship with the same internship site for when I returned to Boston. The program really helped me to focus in on what I would like to do after graduation.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The workload was heavy but I found the majority of the assignments and my work as an intern to be extremely beneficial. I learned more from this semester than any of my previous years at school. It was very different from a regular semester, but having the opportunity to participate in a real work environment was an amazing experience.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

There weren't many connections to Emerson while in DC, The Washington Center accepts students from all different schools and areas. But, when we did need to connect with our school or our professor it was generally easy.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

We lived in an apartment building owned by The Washington Center that housed all of the interns. They were very new with plenty of space including a full kitchen, two bathrooms and large rooms. The neighborhood isn't great, but there is a metro stop and a grocery store just a couple blocks away. You are assigned 3 roommates, which is very similar to a college dorm situation. Overall the housing is great quality.

* Food:

The apartments include a full kitchen, but there is no meal plan through The Washington Center. I wish there would have been a small convenience store or cafe in the building that sold basic items.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

DC has so many things to see and do that it is hard to ever feel bored. You also live with a bunch of other interns around the same age as you, which makes for a great social experience. The only reason I gave this 4 stars was because you are so busy there that it can get hard to fit social time into your schedule.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

The Washington Center provides a shuttle bus to the grocery store and metro stops. They also provide a service you can call if you would like someone to walk you home. The neighborhood isn't always very safe, but the building is very secure.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes


* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Dorm
  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • International Students
  • Americans

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Real world experience
  • Learning in a new city
  • Networking opportunities
* What could be improved?
  • A more diverse set of speakers for the programming
  • More preparation from Emerson in regards to applying to and beginning the program
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? This program provides a great opportunity to prepare yourself for what you will do after college. It teaches you how to work in the field you are interested in and gives you some great networking experience. It is definitely worth the effort the program requires.