Audrey M Coots
For me, this invaluable experience was the bridge between the textbooks and the real world. I came away with an ability to not only define my career goals, but also to see first-hand how both this country and the world operate.
I grew up in Marietta, GA and graduated from Marietta High School in May 2009. I came to the University of Georgia with intentions of working in politics or government someday. I currently live in Atlanta, GA and work in the Governor’s Office of Workforce Development as a Program Specialist. When I’m not at work, you can find me at the UGA Gwinnett Campus where I am currently working towards my Masters in Public Administration.
Public Relations and Political Science
Why I went:
Growing up, I was given the opportunity to visit Washington D.C. on several occasions and I fell in love with the city. It has always been my dream to live in DC, and this program allowed me the opportunity to call DC my home for four months. Additionally, I have a passion for traveling and was interested in studying abroad when I came to UGA. While I considered other programs that allowed me to travel outside of the country, I simply could not pass up the chance to complete a meaningful internship in my favorite city.
Favorite spot to visit:
Eastern Market. I could spend the whole day there!
Most memorable day:
My most memorable day in DC was having the chance to meet Vice President Joe Biden. He occasionally stops by the Senate buildings for meetings and we were fortunate enough to catch him on his way out for a quick photo!
Why I'm glad I went:
The memories I have from this experience will forever be etched in my mind. I probably bring up my experience in DC at least once a day with my friends, family or co-workers. My internship left a huge impression on me, as it has helped further shape my career goals and gave me a foundation for what I hope will be an incredible career in government and policy. Of course, I not only came home with an incredible experience, but also some great friends!