Melessa C. Rodriguez - Entry 5
What is the most valuable lesson you learned during your internship?
This summer has been a whirlwind of experiences for me. I've learned to embrace change and to accept opportunities when they present themselves. Whether it was through a passionate discussion with other interns, or a task I was given in my office, there was a lesson waiting to be found.
In terms of my internship experience I have gained here in D.C., the one philosophy that applies is really quiet simple: Democracy is not a spectator sport. There is a role for everything and every action that occurs in the realm of politics and government, and not one component should be left out of the equation.
As for my personal growth, I now understand the power of remaining focused on my goals and staying true to who I am in the process.
Overall, I think the most valuable lesson I've learned is to trust my instincts and to allow my passions to guide my future.
Please summarize your internship experience in one word. Empowering.