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News, 6/7/2017 | Embassy of Finland, Washington

My Finternship: Exploring the Other Side of Washington, D.C.

Managing social media during the day, exploring the art scene at night – An Embassy internship will provide you with experiences that cannot be found anywhere else.

Susanne Salmi
Susanne Salmi spent three months interning at the Embassy of Finland

I was privileged to work as a communications intern at the Embassy of Finland in Washington, D.C. from March to May 2017. The spring was intense but rewarding – simply an experience I'm never going to forget.

During the internship I was responsible for a great variety of tasks, such as media monitoring, social media management and event planning. Being a passionate writer, I was especially thrilled to have a chance to write stories for the Embassy's website.

My favorite part of the job was reporting from different events, seminars and roundtable discussions related to the field of media and communications. There is no better way to get your workday started than socializing at the National Press Club or visiting the Washington Post headquarters! On the other hand, even the most ordinary office days were really enjoyable; being part of a dynamic and welcoming team of professionals made everyday duties fun and exciting.

Washington, D.C. is a wonderful city for an intern. The place is truly international which makes it easy for foreigners to adapt; nobody is going to raise an eyebrow when they find out you are not American. I was lucky enough to live in the Dupont Circle neighborhood – a vivid and lovely area with a lot of restaurants, bars, awesome brunch spots and big city vibes. Given that my apartment was located just a stone throw away from all the main attractions, I took the habit to do my evening runs at the National Mall. Casually jogging around the White House must be the most motivating way to prepare for a marathon!

Capitol Building
A stone throw away from the core of the American politics

If you're keen on traveling, Washington is a very conveniently located home base. All the famous East Coast cities are nearby, and even the Caribbean islands are only a short flight away. I took full advantage of my vacation days, visiting New York twice and even spending a relaxing week in Mexico. And there is more to come – a trip to Key West awaits me before heading back home.

When not out of town, I spent my weekends exploring the amazing museums, going to various concerts and shows and dancing the night away at parties. At a first glance, Washington may seem a bit conservative and even quiet, but when you dig deeper there is a whole another world out there. I really enjoyed the artsy side of the city; from warehouse parties to a secret concert at an abandoned subway station, these were definitely the most unforgettable moments for me.

Thanks to my Finternship, I've gained invaluable professional experience in communications and had a chance to deepen my understanding of American politics. Thus, the combination of the work experience and leisure time adventures made this spring very special for me. I would highly recommend an Embassy internship for anyone seeking professional advancement, personal growth, and fun times abroad.

Text: Susanne Salmi

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