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Staff Report

Sep. 27, 2013

LCU Washington interns share thoughts and highlights of the experience of a lifetime

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Masy Miller enjoys the sights of D.C., including the White House.

Lubbock Christian University proudly partners with The Washington Center in Washington, D.C. to offer internships to qualified students each semester. For the fall semester there are seven LCU students in D.C. for academic internships that will continue until the middle of December.

This group brings to 32 the number of students through the years (since 2005) to represent LCU in this program and the legacy of success is well documented. In fact, coming up in early October the university will be recognized by The Washington Center as the "Private School of the Year." The award will be given at a luncheon for TWC Academic Awards on Monday, October 7th, at the National Press Club in Washington D.C., and it will be featured in the program and announced at the annual gala that evening at the National Building Museum.

As these students spend the semester in D.C. we want to share their experiences with our readers, so The DusterToday will run a series of Q&A features with each of our seven interns.

This week we would like to introduce you to Masy Miller, a junior accounting major from Fort Sumner, New Mexico (Fort Sumner HS). Masy is doing her internship at the U.S. Department of the Interior and we had the opportunity to visit with her about the experience so far:

Duster: As you looked at the possibility of doing the D.C. internship, what were the major factors that prompted you to go for it and has it lived up to your expectations so far?

Masy: Honestly, I really don't have a clue what I want to do when I "grow up!" ... so, the D.C. internship was very enticing. I knew it would get me some experience in the work place and hopefully give me a better idea of what I would like to do once I graduate.

Duster: Tell us how the first few weeks on the job have gone for you and about your job duties.

Masy: I am interning at the U.S. Department of the Interior. The first few weeks have been eye-opening. I am working in the budgeting and financial department. The end of the fiscal year is coming up for the department, so it has been interesting to see the end of the year tasks. I got to dive right in and help get things organized & ready for the year-end deadlines.

Duster: What are the major goals that you feel you would like to accomplish with regard to this internship and the overall D.C. experience?

Masy: In this internship, I am looking to get my feet wet in the business world. I want to get a better understanding of what it takes to run an office and have knowledge of everyone's part in it. As for my overall experience in D.C., I am trying to just soak it all in and enjoy it, because I don't know when I will ever get the chance to do something like this again.

Duster: Describe for us what your typical day is like?

Masy: I leave around 8:15am to arrive at work by 9:00am. We have a short ride on the Metro and about a mile walk to the office. We have been working on setting up a new income statement for this fiscal year. Then we have lunch in the cafeteria or outside patio area on nice days. We then work for a few more hours until 3:30pm. When I return home I do laundry and homework. Some nights we go and explore the city and some nights we just relax at home for the evening.

Duster: As for the non-internship part of this experience, are there some highlights of what you've been able to do and see that you can share?

Masy: We have been able to spend some time sightseeing since we arrived. Being able to witness some of the historical monuments and memorials is such a blessing. I can't help but be moved when I come in contact with these sights. The Smithsonian museums are absolutely amazing and I look forward to visiting more of them. The (Washington) Nationals (Major League) baseball game was a blast. They aren't the (Texas) Rangers, of course, but you can't beat going to a good baseball game.

Duster: How has the LCU group meshed together during this experience?

Masy: For the most part we all have different work schedules, so we don't see a whole lot of each other during the week. Some of us have spent time together on the weekends and it has been great getting to know everyone. I am rooming with Angela (Crouch). It has been great living with her and sharing this experience with one of my close friends. Cameron (Winegar) and I both work at the Department of the Interior, so it has been a blessing to have a buddy to go to work with every day.

Duster: If you had to single out the most exciting thing about your time in D.C. so far, what would that be?

Masy: The most exciting thing about my time in D.C. so far has simply been being in D.C! I grew up in a very small town and Lubbock is no metropolis, so it has been an adventure in itself learning how to live in a large city, depend on public transportation and take in all that D.C. has to offer.

Duster: In keeping with the LCU mantra of being the "life-changing university," can you see where this experience in D.C. will fit that bill for you personally?

Masy: This experience definitely fits the bill of LCU's "life changing university" mantra. I am so thankful to have this opportunity to better myself and to represent LCU.

We want to wish Masy and all of our current and future LCU Washington intern students the best of luck and a safe and happy experience. Thanks, also, to Dr. Stacy Patty, director of the LCU Washington program, for his guidance and leadership of these students.  

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