Internship Stories: The Federal Reserve Board of Governors

By Josee Matela (COM/Pardee’20)

CCD: Tell us about your experience. What were your responsibilities?

At the Federal Reserve Board of Governors in Washington DC, I worked in the IT division as the Communications and Outreach Intern. I spent my program working with the Communications and Outreach team to create digital deliverables for the division and our clients. This included generating graphics and videos, working on internal web design projects, and gathering feedback from my fellow interns.

CCD: What was the best thing about the experience? What was the worst?

The best part about the experience was that it was very holistic. First, the Federal Reserve has an important role as the central bank of the United States. It was incredible watching all of the cogs of the machine that contributed to its functioning. With over a hundred other interns, the Fed had a program that allowed for professional development opportunities, educational courses, and to help us connect with each other. The team I worked with was top-notch and made coming into work every day something to look forward to. Also, DC is a beautiful place to be.

The worst part would have to be getting used to a 9 to 5 job, but it got easier after a while!

CCD: What was the most memorable moment of your experience?

The most memorable moment I had during my time at the Fed was the night after our final week. For many of us, this was our first summer in DC and first time in the government. We celebrated by going to jazz in the Sculpture Gardens and then walking around the monuments at night. It was a sight to behold and really solidified that we were actually here. Watching DC light up at night and exploring under the glow of the national monuments is something I will never forget.

CCD: What advice would you give to another student about making the most of an internship, job, or other career-related experience??

Jump out of your comfort zone! If you’ve got a toolkit you’re comfortable with, keep it handy but also see where you can push yourself. If you’re curious about something, pursue it. If you have questions, ask them. You can stay in a safe-zone but the real growth comes from how you face the challenges outside of it!

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