About catherinetheintern

I'm spending the summer as an intern right outside of Washington D.C. Before I forget all the awesome stuff that happens, I thought I'd make a blog.



Throwin’ up the WT.


Settling In!

After finishing five weeks of my internship, I think it’s safe to say I’m really settling in as a working girl in the DC metropolitan area. I’m pretty good at navigating the traffic (even when I accidentally drive into the District), I use the metro whenever I can, and I’m starting to accomodate my Southern style to the more relaxed city look.

With all of that said, I could easily see myself living here after graduation. Of course, I’m entirely dependent on the job market in 2013, but if something opened up here, I would be PERFECTLY happy with that. I really enjoy the DC scene, and the people that I meet.

As far as my actual internship goes, what have I done since my last post, oh so long ago? I’ve worked at two more Theater Parties, a Membership Appreciation Night, and a picnic on the Lawn for the Colbie Caillat/Gavin DeGraw concert. This coming Monday will be a networking event for all of my fellow interns, of which there are 30. ALSO on Monday, my mom and stepdad are coming to town! I’m so excited to see them, and to show them where I work!

On Thursday, we’re going to Wolf Trap to see Diana Krall, my mom’s favorite singer. I’m so glad we get to see this concert together, at my favorite performance hall! 🙂 In the few weeks I’ve been here, I seen some AMAZING shows and concerts! The complete list: A Prairie Home Companion, South Pacific, Tchaik 5 with the National Symphony Orchestra, Gavin DeGraw & Colbie Caillat, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and Memphis the Musical. I just ordered tickets for Brandi Carlile in a few weeks, SO EXCITED. Sight-seeing-wise, I’ve seen the Museum of American History, the Air and Space Museum, Eastern Market, Navy Yard, and last night was Taste of Reston. I love my life.

And for fun, I’m adding some photos that I love 🙂

Two weeks done!

This three-day weekend has been pure bliss, but I’m ready to get back to work. I really enjoy what we do, and I love going to work in the morning. Let’s do a recap, shall we?


Did the close out from the weekend’s wine dinner, and started prepping for our first theater party. After work, Kierstin (who was living on my couch this week) and I gawked at the beautiful Kennedy Center at night.


After work, our office went to a caterer’s tasting. We assumed it would be champagne and light food, but it was actually a seven course meal! I’m getting so spoiled this summer. Also, vegan lasagna is surprisingly delicious. And anything served in a mason jar is instantly adorable.


Kierstin and I rushed from our respective internships to a music joint on U St. to see Ben Sollee perform! I had never seen him live before, so that was quite a treat. If you’ve never heard his music, you are seriously missing out. Here’s a video of his song, “Prettiest Tree On The Mountain”, which is one of my faves 🙂


Nothing excited happened, except we found a Chinese restaurant in Rosslyn that serves huge portions (i.e. three meals for about $12)


Opening weekend at Wolf Trap! Our first theater party happened before A Prairie Home Companion, and it was lovely. People were happy, the weather was beautiful, it was an awesome way to start the season. Here’s a picture of the flower arrangements we used!


After the theater party, I joined Kierstin and our friend Mike for the show. Garrison Keillor is amazing, and the whole show was so impressive. I was singing along the whole time, and the audience was singing in harmony, it was the coolest thing ever. If A Prairie Home Companion ever comes to your town, GO. GO SEE IT. It is well worth your time and money. 


Kierstin had rehearsals in the evening, but before that we went to the Museum of American History. Yes, there were lots of tourists there. That’s when we remembered, WE’RE NOT TOURISTS. We live here!! The longer I live in DC, the more I want to live here after graduation. I know a lot of that will depend on what jobs are available, but oh man, I love living here.


Famous people day! Kierstin saved me a good lawn seat for the Memorial Day Concert at the Capitol. Before the thunder and lightning ended things early, I was *thisclose* to Gary Sinise, Joe Mantegna, Trace Adkins, Selma Blair, and Jessica Sanchez. Crazy. Luckily I got some pics to prove it!


The co-hosts of the evening, Gary and Joe.


Trace and Selma.

Unfortunately, I didn’t get a picture of Jessica Sanchez, but I can tell you she is very skinny. Very very skinny. She looks breakable.

And that brings us to today! I need to do laundry. Desperately need to do laundry. Sighh…

One down, Eleven to go

This internship is more than I ever could have imagined. I am so incredibly lucky to be here. In an effort to highlight the best stuff, I just want to point out the best of the week!

  • I have a desk. A real L-shaped desk, drawers, office supplies, and all of that grown-up stuff. I just want to sing, “In My Own Little Corner” from the Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella.
  • My supervisors are so incredibly patient and helpful. I can’t believe how much I’ve learned in five days. Which means I’ll be learning A LOT in the coming weeks!
  • The perks. We deal with VIPs and fancy events. Because of that, we work a lot more than 9-5 Monday through Friday. BUT, we get some awesome benefits. i.e., tomorrow night’s wine dinner equals free wine for this recent 21-year-old. Score. Also, the head of my department invites me to industry events. I’m so excited for everything!
  • DC. I’m in the Nation’s Capital. In the summer of an election year. LOVEEEE.

Tomorrow is our big wine dinner. I’ve done a lot of work for this event, including a lot creative writing for the silent auction, designing in publisher, making labels, researching wines, and lots of other things. I’ve also learned the basics of using Raiser’s Edge, which is the industry standard for donor record keeping. This is a skill I HAVE to have when I apply for jobs next year. I’m so lucky.

To get ready for the wine dinner, I’m drinking some Apothic Red tonight. I definitely recommend it if anyone’s interested in a red blend. I’ll also give my review of tomorrow’s wines at a later date 🙂

First Day!

I survived!!!


After one day, my internship is everything I was hoping it would be. I’m such a lucky kid. So what did I do today? Well, I’ll tell you!


At 9 o’clock this morning, I had my introductory meeting with the other three interns who started today. We completed our final paperwork, and got our pictures taken for our employee IDs. After that, we were introduced to our new departments. Due to the nature of my department, I’m going to refrain from saying exactly what it is that I do (especially on the internets!). But essentially, interning in this department gives me a lot of hands-on experience in the career field I’ve been dreaming about for years!


Anyway, my supervisors include me in meetings, conference calls, and I can voice my opinion – to an extent, haha. In addition to those exciting opportunities, I also do things like take phone calls and alphabetize tickets. On an unrelated note, I was a little over-dressed for the office dress code. They go more casual in the summer because they don’t go overboard on A/C (yay for green initiatives!) So, I’ll dress down a tad tomorrow. Still, I’m so incredibly glad that I got this chance! I’m going to make the most of this!


Sneak peak: Just found out I’ll be assisting the Director of my department on a VIP event with a real celebrity. That’s all I can say. I’M STOKED.


Upcoming stuff: My aunt is visiting DC this weekend, and I can’t wait to see her! Same day, a friend of mine from school is going to move into my living room for a week until her living arrangements open up. Yay for temporary company!


Okay, I’m exhausted. Peace y’all.

Calm Before The Storm

Today was my last day before I start my internship. I can’t believe how lucky I am! I have a great apartment in an urbane neighborhood, an indoor parking spot, and most importantly, a great internship! In honor of Mother’s Day, I called home to see how my mother and step-grandmother were doing. My mother wanted to know everything I did today, and was way too excited that I found a good grocery store. My step-grandmother (who is known for her weird statements) asked if I was going to meet a Senator tomorrow. Umm… I work in the arts. Yeah. ‘Nuff said.

Today I drove around to try and get a feel for the area, and my GPS kept up with me. Phew. During my travels, I was able to see the Washington Monument from afar, but it was definitely big enough for me say, “OH MY GOODNESS.” (that’s what she said, lol). So that was pretty exciting. And then I bought groceries. I’m pretty proud to say I got all of my groceries into my apartment in ONE TRIP. My left bicep hurts, but it’s worth it. 

In the past 24 hours, I’ve realized how peaceful it is to live alone. I know I wouldn’t want to live alone forever, obviously, but it’s definitely a good way to clear my head after this crazy semester I just completed. Well, I better get back to watching MAD MEN!