Friday, December 11, 2009

The end

Well the internship was certainly more exciting at the beginning with the conferences and everything about Iran going on. But I used the last couple of weeks to start packing and shipping things home and to research for my paper. Berlin was amazing! I recommend it for anyone who likes history! Getting to see the Reichstag, the Berlin Wall, the Ishtar Gate, etc...... was amazing!!

One cool thing that happened a couple of weeks before I left was the Marine Ball! Tickets were a bit pricey, but since I had brought a dress with me anyways, and I wouldn't get to go to any other balls, I decided to pay and go! It was super fun, and had really good food!

My last weekend, my roommates and I decided to go to Prague for the weekend since it's only a 4 hour train trip from Vienna. I wish I had weeks to spend there because 1.5 days was not enough time at all! We saw Charles Bridge, the Torture Museum, and the big Cathedral inside Prague Castle. A lot of walking was involved...a lot!

My mom and little brother flew over to Europe to meet me in Paris the day after my internship ended, so we spent a little less than a week there...including Thanksgiving, which was spent in the Hard Rock Cafe!

Reflection

Well this internship was a huge eye opener for me. When I got to Vienna in September I didn't even really know what the IAEA was or what exactly it was that I would be doing there. I learned a lot about nuclear issues, mostly about non-proliferation, which suits my master's degree just fine since it's about International Security. I also got to know Vienna really well. I had been there 10 years ago on a school trip but we were only in the city for a couple of days so it was nice to be able to get to know the public transportation and the city and everything I didn't get to see then.

I would encourage anyone who wants to be involved with the State Department, or the government in general, to at least apply for an internship. Even if you don't get it the first time you apply, I applied every semester and most summer from the time I graduated high school, and it finally paid off!

I had such a fun time in Vienna and everywhere I got to travel too; and I also learned a lot! Hopefully my time there will pay off (literally I hope! :) ) with whatever job that I begin in the future!