A Day In The Life Of A Picker Student

Katherine Hazen ’18
Assoctiate Editor

The Jean Picker Semester-in-Washington program offers students a chance to study, intern and network in D.C. for a fall semester. Unlike other off-campus programs, Picker is a chance to test-drive the “real world” before graduation — participants have to find their own housing and internship, cook their own food after a long day of interning and night classes, work a second job for money and do all the other little tasks that come with “adulthood.” It’s exhilarating and exhausting, and it just takes a glimpse of the Capitol building to remind you it’s all worth it. I’m a Communications Intern for The White House Office of Management Budget, and Emma Shoemaker ’18 is an intern for Emily’s List, an organization committed to supporting and electing pro-choice democratic women. Here’s a peek at our days in the nation’s capital.       

My Monday Schedule — Katherine Hazen

7:00 a.m.: Wake up — check my email and the headlines for the day.

8:20 a.m.: Catch the first bus going downtown from Georgetown.

8:50 a.m.: Arrive at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building (or the EEOB as it’s known by locals and those fluent in “the West Wing”) and go through Secret Service security. Mark Twain called the EEOB the “ugliest building in America,” but I’m in awe as I walk through the doors everyday.

9:00 a.m.: Sit down at my desk in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and start pulling the morning clips on Obama’s top stories of the day, the budget (or lack thereof), the Zika virus, and Flint, Mich. and other news pertaining to the administration’s work.

10:00 a.m.: For the rest of the day, I take calls from reporters and requests for speakers, update the Strategy Calendar, which plans out what the OMB releases to space out potential stories and do essentially whatever my supervisor the assistant press secretary needs me to do!

5:30 p.m.: Say bye to Joe on my way out, and then walk up 17th to get to the UCDC building, where we take our classes with professors hired by Smith. On Mondays we have our seminar on American public policy.

7:30 p.m.: Class is over, but now I’m starving. I head home with my roommate, Kristine Chin ’17 and start to make dinner.

8:30 p.m.: I’m now dead. I make my lunch for the next day, make some tea, watch some Netflix, and go to bed around 11:00 p.m.

My Monday Schedule — Emma Shoemaker ’18

7:00 a.m.: Wake up and start to get ready for my day!

8:00 a.m.: Head to the bus stop, which is right by our apartment in Glover Park.

9:00 a.m.: Arrive at work! On Mondays I intern with Emily’s List in the state and local campaigns department. When I first get to work I say hello to the other interns and check in with my supervisor. Then I get to work on whatever they need, which usually includes compiling the daily news clips on Emily’s-List-endorsed candidates who are running for office. It’s such an exciting time to intern here, and I’m so lucky to be able to do something I’m so passionate about!

1:00 p.m.: I usually eat lunch around 1:00 or so with a bunch of the other interns. We’ll all go to the kitchen and just talk and decompress a little. With election day right around the corner it can be really busy at work, so spending time with other people during lunch is always relaxing.

2:00 p.m.: Get back to work!

5:30 p.m.: Around 5:30 or so I head out so I can make it to class. Classes are held just a 5 minute walk away from my building, so it’s super convenient.

5:45 p.m.: Class starts! We’re all taking a seminar in American public policy from 5:45p.m.-7:45p.m. on Monday nights. It’s always great to spend time on these nights with the other Picker students. The class is entirely Picker students, and it’s great to have this connection with Smith through classes.

7:30 p.m.: Class ends! My roommate Nicole Frenock ’18 and I head back to the bus stop so we can go home.

8:15 p.m.: Nicole and I usually get home around 8:15 or so. We usually make dinner, eat together and just hang out in the evenings

11:00 p.m.: I usually head to bed, so I can get a good night’s rest for another long and exciting day.

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