two weeks of intern life: check!
it’s been really interesting working at the office of minority health (OMH) these past couple of weeks. i’m interning in the division of program operations, which is basically their grants office, and helping my supervisor do grant reviews as well as working on my own project reviewing projects that states have implemented with the grant money provided by OMH. the mission of the agency is to eliminate health disparities by focusing on social determinatns of health. it’s actually really cool to see some of the projects that are being implemented because i just spent an entire semester learning about the social factors of health in soc190! a lot of the people at this agency are also people who have professionally worked in the healthcare industry before (the director used to be a pediatrician!) so i’ve had a wonderful time talking to them about their experiences as well.
^that’s my office building! OMH occupies the sixth floor.
as for office life, i have my own office and finally got my computer set up as of last week. my supervisor lets me listen to music while i work so i’ve been making playlists to listen to while i work. music suggestions welcome! there are a couple of other interns in the office as well but they all sit together in a office on the other side of the floor. it gets lonely sometimes (federal agency people work from home a lot!) but i usually get lunch with the other interns which has been fun! there’s not much around our building (read: nothing) so i’ve been bringing lunch everyday. trying to think of more creative things beside sandwiches and fried rice…
^washington monument is currently under repairs but still a beautiful view from the steps of the lincoln memorial!
the fellowship program that i’m a part of, international leadership foundation (ilf), has been keeping me busy outside of work with weekly leadership seminars, monument tours, fellow dinners, etc. it’s been tiring but so great to meet the other fellows! there are people working at all different agencies and it’s nice to be around people who have interests that are vastly different from my own.
^i love visitors. ❤ ❤
^fried green tomatoes and vegetable sandwich. nom nom.
last weekend, an oaasis 2012 alum visited DC and it was so fun getting to spend the afternoon with her! we went to a couple of museums and ate at founding fathers, which was delicious! we were too late for their brunch menu but got to try their famous fried green tomatoes which were very good. i was nervous at first about spending a summer in DC because i didn’t really know many harvard people who would be here but turns out there are more than i thought! i randomly bumped into one of my friends after eating and ended up meeting up with a bunch of people from school for dinner! it’s been nice to see familiar faces. (:
^world war II memorial at night
and this past weekend, ilf brought us on a FOUR AND A HALF HOUR tour of all of the famous monuments and memorials in DC. we went to a total of 8 and didn’t end until 11:30pm! it was super tiring but nice to bond with some of the other interns as well as learn more about the history behind many of the memorials.
^DC’s attempt at “chinatown” aka a gate, a couple of restaurants and just one bubble tea shop. ONE.
plans for the upcoming weeks: work, remember to water my supervisor’s plant while she’s on vacation, hardcore mcat studying, more hardcore mcat studying, participate in my agency’s bake off, wine&cheese night with fellow interns, and more!