A Trip Through Time and Space with the Nat Geo Interns

After a very eventful, humid, and exciting summer, the Geography Interns at the National Geographic Society are getting ready to say goodbye to the place they have called their “home away from school” for the past three months. As we get ready to leave our stellar supervisors, our cozy intern office, and a seemingly unlimited number of free maps and magazines, we would like to … Continue reading A Trip Through Time and Space with the Nat Geo Interns

Welcome Summer Intern Justin Fisch!

Hello! Bonjour! Hola! Oi!

Having already been in the nation’s capital for over a week, one would think that I would have taken the time to sit down and write. In the end, my assignment with National Geographic is to connect with all of you through our blog and social media platforms.  Yet, I have been far too busy exploring Nat Geo’s immense campus, wandering the halls in search of explorers, and attending conferences to best educate myself on how to connect with you, the reader.

So now it’s finally time for me to sit down and say hey!  (Well, I guess I already did so six separate times above).  My name is Justin Fisch and I am the new Social Media and Promotion Intern with National Geographic Education. I officially started work with the Society last Monday, and will be with you until the beginning of August. I hail from Nova Scotia, Canada, by way of the great state of Florida, where I have been educated for the past decade.  I recently graduated from the University of Florida (UF) in Gainesville with a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences.  At UF, I triple-majored (or so they call it) in Political Science, Geography, and Sustainability Studies.  I also received minors in Latin American Studies and International Studies in Agriculture & Life Sciences, two very keen interests of mine.  


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Time to Pass the Torch…

In what has been one of the most eventful and swiftly moving semesters of my college career, my final day of work for National Geographic has snuck up fast on me as I write this final blog post. My time in D.C. has been marked with periods of awe, confusion, joy, intense learning, and meaningful conversations, all of which I will remember for a lifetime. It’s hard to concisely sum up my experience for the past four months in such a limited space, but I would like to pick out five key things that I took from my time at NGS; things I learned about the Society and about myself in the process.

It was no easy feat trying to work full time while adjusting to moving to a completely different environment form the rural landscape in which I grew up, and the university town where I have spent the last four years. I was uprooted from the secure and homogenous bubble
of undergraduate life and thrust into a world of bustling neighborhoods
and traffic-choked avenues where people from all walks of life converge
on a daily basis. I found the District to be hot and cold, admirable and aggravating, immaculate and unruly, political and anarchical, rude and polite, and friendly and foreign–all at the same time. The dichotomy of lifestyles within such a dense geographic area is astounding to me!

It took me almost as long as the internship lasted to get used to simply living in my new city environment, and, once I thought I had the hang of things, it was time to leave, sadly. Of course, I did mountains upon mountains of learning along the whole process: learning about being punctual, about working 40 hours a week, where to grab a cheap lunch, how to ask for job tasks, how to complete those tasks, where to find the shortest bike commute route–the list goes on and on. The most important things that I learned, I believe, are the aspects of my job that I did and did not like, specifically in terms of my skills and interests. I will keep the more negative thoughts privy only to me, but they play an equally important role in learning what kind of job to seek out in the future.
Here’s the short list of 5 things I enjoyed the most about my tenure as a Nat Geo Geography Intern:
1) Making some extraordinary friends and professional connections! 
I went into this internship not knowing how well I would get along with the nine other fresh faces that I had the pleasure of meeting immediately after I arrived in D.C. Over the course of two months we grew very close, both in the work environment and during our ritual happy hours or special events at various venues. I will miss you guys!
I was lucky to be able to work with a very diverse group of bright young minds: my fellow interns (above) and our supportive supervisors.

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