Erin Brown, PC '14
One of our sisters, Erin Brown from PC '14, is currently participating in the South Carolina Washington Semester Program! She's spending this semester in Washington D.C. taking classes and interning full-time for a congressman from South Carolina. As an Economics and Political Science double-major, she has loved immersing herself in the D.C. culture and experiencing first-hand what she has already learned about politics and government.
What has been your most memorable experience thus far?
Inauguration weekend in D.C. was an experience I’ll never forget! We all got to attend the South Carolina Inaugural Ball, where we spent a few hours volunteering to welcome VIP guests and then had the rest of the night to enjoy the celebration ourselves. We attended the Inauguration the following day, and then the Women’s March on Washington the day after that. Even though it can be overwhelming, being in D.C. at such a historic and active time in politics is something I won’t take for granted. I love getting to witness our democracy at work through all the debates, protests, and policy changes that happen here every day.
What are some of your responsibilities as an intern?
While some offices have several interns, I am the only intern in my office at the moment, so I have a lot of responsibilities and daily tasks to help keep the office running. These include answering calls from constituents, coordinating tours for visitors to the city, and assisting the legislative staff with projects as needed. My favorite part about the internship is getting a behind-the-scenes look at what happens in Congress, as well as getting the chance to try to spot some well-known politicians around the Capitol building.
What is your favorite part about Washington D.C.?
What I love about Washington, besides the politics, is that it’s full of fun (and free) ways to spend time! I love visiting the national monuments, going to the Smithsonian museums, and exploring different neighborhoods of the city. Overall, as a political and cultural hub of the nation, D.C. is a remarkable place to live and learn.
We're so proud of Erin, as this program is very competitive and requires an extensive application process in order to be accepted! We can't wait to see her back at Carolina in the fall to hear more about her experience in Washington D.C.!