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Elizabeth Blank is a Rhode Island native who grew up on Aquidneck Island. She earned a bachelor of arts degree in biology from Boston University. After graduation, she worked as a Commercialization Analyst at a technology transfer consulting firm in Providence. Currently a third year law...

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My Summer Internship in D.C.

Posted by Elizabeth Blank on 09/24/2013 at 08:53 AM

This summer, I was a legal intern in the Ocean and Coasts Section of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of the General Counsel in Silver Spring, Maryland.  The internship was one of the best legal experiences I have had. The staff was extremely welcoming and accommodating with my transition down to D.C., in addition to having a great sense of humor. To top it all off, I even had my own office-- who knows when that will happen again?

While it was difficult to leave my family for two months, I was occupied by the demands of the internship and the seemingly endless activities or social events offered in the metro D.C. area.

My days in NOAA’s Silver Spring office were filled with stimulating work researching environmental statutes and completing a memorandum on ocean acoustics that I will be using as a writing sample in the future. Access to learning opportunities were also found outside the office where I had the good fortune to meet with other environmental law attorneys and get advice from fellow alumni. In addition, I attended Capitol Hill Ocean’s Week, numerous Knauss Brown Bag Lunch Seminars and the D.C. Marine Community's meeting on “How Ocean Management Impacts the Maritime Industry.” Overall, it was an amazing summer full of endless opportunities complete with a small taste of southern hospitality at every turn.

For any students interested in exploring a potential career in environmental law or those looking for an opportunity to intern with an amazing agency, I highly suggest applying for this internship in the spring of 2014.