Yeah, I’m Excited

Author: Dan Bernick, SAS ’14

On Tuesday I start my new job. Well, I guess it’s not really a job, because I’m not paid (as my parents keep reminding me). I am an intern for the White House Council for Community Solutions in Washington, D.C.

When I chose Penn, I did so in part because of the Penn in Washington program and similar programs offered through the Fels Institute of Government and the Fox Leadership Center designed to help me make the most of opportunities like this. Thanks to Penn, my exciting internship will be an unforgettable learning experience.

The Penn in Washington Program, run by the wonderful Dr. Deirdre Martinez, is a way for Penn students interning in D.C. to connect with alumni and learn about the city. This program is amazing – I will have dinner with Ben Bernanke, go to lunch at the State Department, and meet with dozens of Penn alumni doing what I want to do.

Of course, the experience will not end when summer does. At Penn, I can take what I learn and apply it. I can be a better leader in Student Government, a more engaged learner in classes, and a more active member of the Philadelphia community. On Tuesday I start my job. Many people dread their first day of work, and even fewer
would do it for free. But me? Yeah, I’m excited.

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