Megan Morrison is an intern with the Air Force Public Affairs Agency. With her last day approaching on Friday, she took this opportunity to reflect on her summer with the agency.
The Air Force takes care of their people. It’s a sentiment I’ve heard many times in my life, from sources biased and unbiased. Whether it was from my father who once worked on an Air Force base or from reports in the newspaper, everyone agreed the Air Force is a family. From the day I began my internship with the Air Force Public Affairs Agency earlier this summer, their staff proved this to be true.
I came to the office in May through the Workforce Recruitment Program. The WRP connects federal employers nationwide with students with disabilities, creating opportunities for summer employment. Nearly 5,000 students have been employed with this program since 1995, and this year I’m fortunate enough to be one of them. The organization took me from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro to Arlington, VA, for a three month program. Having the chance to live right outside of Washington, DC, and work at a professional organization is still something that blows my mind. My only prior encounter with Washington was visiting the city on a class trip seven years ago, during which we stood near the White House fence and took pictures. Cut to the present, when I’ve now had the opportunity to actually take a tour of the White House via the WRP. To go from the fence to the front door is an experience I’ll never forget or stop talking about.
My internship is primarily in the area of social media, but the most amazing part of this experience is that I’ve never been limited to one department. From day one I’ve been invited to participate wherever possible, allowing me to work with the agency’s media center as well as the Trademark and Licensing department. Perhaps most importantly, I’ve been treated as a fellow employee. My time as an intern hasn’t reflected that seen on TV or in movies; I don’t pick up dry cleaning or coffee. Instead I focus on helping the staff produce quality products, both internal and external. While I may still be a college student, no one at the agency has ever put it to me that way. My participation has been valued and I’ve been respected. As anyone who’s ever held an internship or entry-level position can agree, that means more than anything.
As the saying goes, the Air Force takes care of their people, whether they are a Senior Master Sergeant, a Senior Airman, or a senior in college who didn’t know the difference between those positions three months ago. I have been so fortunate to work in this office for the past several months, and I will always be touched both personally and professionally by the experiences I’ve had since crossing into the blue. My sincerest thanks go to the Workforce Recruitment Program as well as the staff of the Air Force Public Affairs Agency, who’ve given me much more than a description to put on my resume. I’ve been given an opportunity and I can’t wait to put this experience into practice.