Learning by Doing: Discovering DC through an Arc Aspicio Internship

Learning by Doing: Discovering DC through an Arc Aspicio Internship

Learning by Doing: Discovering DC through an Arc Aspicio Internship

The best advice I have to any college student is: intern, intern, intern.

Interning in any industry gives you a head start on professional development, networking opportunities, and a platform to build a career doing what you’re most passionate about. If your education and career paths take you to Arc Aspicio, then you can be confident that you have made a great choice that will provide you with an enriching experience and adequate preparation for the “real world.”

About Arc Aspicio
Arc Aspicio is a management, strategy, and technology consulting firm that takes a mission-oriented approach to complex client challenges. Focused on innovation, Arc Aspicio provides services in strategy, design, human capital, operations, analytics and visualization, technology and information sharing. The company is known for a strong, collaborative culture that values gratitude, provides leadership opportunities, and explores the future. Our teams take a human-centered approach to working with clients and are flexible and responsive within dynamic Government client environments where missions evolve and new priorities arise sometimes even daily. We thrive on these situations and promote continuous improvement and new ideas. And, #welovedogs! Follow us on Twitter @arcaspicio or learn more at www.arcaspicio.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I chose to attend college in Washington, D.C. because as an eager, politically-motivated young woman, I couldn’t imagine a city with better opportunities. Now entering my final semester at the George Washington University (GWU), I realize that even my highest hopes for a life in D.C. couldn’t compare to what I found once I got here. With nearly every government agency headquartered within metro distance, there is an internship for every calling.

I was lucky to find my final internship of my college career at Arc Aspicio, where I’ve been pushed to explore what interests me most in our government and learn the ins and outs of a fast-paced, mission-oriented government consulting firm. What makes the Arc Aspicio internship program special is that interns are given meaningful work and a seat at the table -- our ideas are both welcomed and listened to. The political science classrooms at GWU gave me the base knowledge about how our government works, while my experiences at Arc Aspicio have shown me the real-world applications of this classroom knowledge.

At Arc Aspicio, I have met passionate people that are always willing to share knowledge. Their eyes light up as they talk about the important work they’re doing within our company and for our nation. I have established a network of mentors and supervisors of all seniority levels that give me encouraging feedback on my work to better me as an employee and as a young professional. I have been given opportunities to work on new business, contribute to the firm’s social media presence, learn recruiting and talent development skills, and conduct research on some of the most complex and important challenges the government is facing today. Senior year of college is definitely scary. The experiences I’ve had at Arc Aspicio equipped me to handle whatever the government consulting industry might throw at me.

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