Until this summer, I could not imagine what a summer internship would look like. Especially a summer internship in the capital of the United States working along with the American Institute of Physics and the Society of Physics Students (SPS).
I can’t believe it’s already been a month since the end of the SPS internship program! Looking back on my experiences, I’m struck by how much I learned – both about myself and about what it’s like to work at a national lab.
Saturday night was really fun because I went out to my friend Julie’s house to go to a party. It was a glow-in-the dark paint dance party out on a farm in Virginia. It was a lot of fun, but we grew tired of it quickly, so we went cosmic bowling afterword because we glowed.
It is very sad for me to say that the end of my internship has drawn to a close. I left on Wednesday to fly to Idaho where I proceeded to start a 4 day road trip with my dad all the way to Florida for my facilities training in grad school. On one hand it was sad that I had to leave.
My final week was full of activities and it was lots of fun! On Monday, I went to NIST for a few hours to get some final words of advice from my mentor about my presentation. Afterwards, I traveled to ACP for a great lunch with Fred Dylla, the Executive Director and CEO of the American Institut
The final week was busy; it was packed to the brim with events. This meant that there wouldn’t be a lot of time to go off and do whatever we wanted, so our final weekend was spent wrapping up all of the museums and sightseeing that we wanted to do.
Now that I’m back in London and getting stuck in to my classes for this term, the excitement of DC seems a million miles away. Talking to all my friends about what they’ve been doing this summer, I do feel like I’m bragging a bit when I describe what a great experience I had.