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City of Alexandria

Learning & Development Intern

June - August 2022 • Alexandria, VA

What I liked

I liked the freedom to take over a project that I was assigned, without being micromanaged.

What I wish was different

N/A

Advice

Do not be shy to share your opinion or let your voice be heard!
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Naturalist

August 2016 • Alexandria, VA

What I liked

Flexible hours, enjoyable work environment. I get to do what I love every single day.

What I wish was different

This temporary position turned into...a temporary position? I've been working here for over three years (year round, part-time to full-time hours) and I'm still classified as a temporary employee. In other words, NO BENEFITS.

Advice

Get in, get experience, enjoy your time here, and move on. There isn't much room for growth.
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Judicial Intern

June - August 2019 • Alexandria, VA

What I liked

The challenge of new experiences

What I wish was different

Nothing, I loved my internship

Advice

I created this opportunity with my professor because I couldn't find an interview I actually wanted. I recommend that more people do this.
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Urban Planning Intern

June - August 2018 • Alexandria, VA

What I liked

I liked sitting in on city planning and zoning meetings that discussed the distribution of city "green space" and how to work that in with new development. Traveling to different park sites and learning the standard operating procedures for how the city functions was great insight to what a policy maker should look out for when implementing ideas for future city development.

What I wish was different

I would have liked to shadow the city policy makers for a short period of time to see how they interact with the urban planners I worked with.

Advice

Be willing to do the "busy work" around the office, and look at every task you're given as an opportunity to learn about how the real world works.
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