Alexis SinghInternational Law & ORganizations
October 8, 2018 | Hey everyone! It has been very eventful the past few weeks and I cannot wait to share. As you know I am interning for The Center for Security Policy, which focuses on the United States national security. In my department I work with a focus on terrorism and ways to prevent it from infiltrating our country and government. I cannot talk a lot about that part of my internship, but I do work with another department on the “Save the Persecuted Christians” movement. They are trying to bring awareness to those around the world and within the United States about the discrimination of Christians everywhere. Both these departments are perfect for me because I am a Religious Studies and Political Science major and they both focus in areas that I want to work in.
I have been able to attend two events that my internship has held, one involving the “Keeper of the Flame” award, which recognizes people in the community who have shown effort to protect the United States and our security. The other event was about growing the “Save the Persecuted Christians” movement and recognizing those in government that have been helping to get the information out. I was able to do a lot of networking there and it has been amazing. I have never had an internship so involved in the political community and I am learning so much!
Some events these past weeks that I have attended either for my classes or internship are the “Hidden in Plain Sight: Understanding Federal Efforts to Stop Human Trafficking” by the Subcommittee of Homeland Security, “2018 DC Prisoner and Reentry Symposium: Envisioning a New Jail” by the Corrections Information Council and “The Future of Baltic Energy Security” by the Jamestown Foundation.
Although, the only one I had information on going into these discussions was the human trafficking hearing, I learned a lot about prisons and gasoline pipes that I would never have learned either in the classroom or by reading a book. I enjoyed being able to go out into the community and see and hear what is being discussed now. I am a huge supporter against Human Trafficking and being able to hear my own Representative Val Demings speak about victims and how the government seems to be dismissing them made me gain more confidence in her. She spoke on how the government is putting the abusers away, but not for long and the victims become scared and anxious all over again, once they are released or put into society with only probation.
I will be attending the A21 Walk on bringing awareness to human trafficking on October 20, 2018. I am looking forward to doing this walk and making a public statement about it. I believe people need to learn more and am happy to bring awareness right here in our capitol.
Since October is coming up, which means Halloween, I really want to be doing a lot of random scary or adventurous activities. This weekend I will be doing a paint the city activity, where certain parts of the city allow you to paint on buildings or sidewalks which I really enjoy. I have been trying to find cool murals to take pictures and hopefully after this weekend there will be a lot, so check the WSP Instagram to see my posts! This coming week is the Italian Embassy, which I am really excited about and I cannot wait to dress up for it! I also love Italian food, so that is what I will be focusing on when I visit the embassy. Until next time, have a good few weeks!
Alexis SinghInternational Law & ORganizations
September 24, 2018 | Hello! My name is Alexis Singh and I am doing the Washington Semester at American University this fall semester. I am originally a junior at Stetson University in Florida and I am a double major, studying Political Science and Religious Studies. While at American I have been studying in the International Law and Organizations concentration and I love it! I have never done a program like this before and I have already seen myself growing and learning so much within these first three weeks. I have met so many wonderful professors and students and I am enjoying my internship, which I am fond of!
One great start to the semester was when my team won the Amazing Race, during orientation. We ran all around Washington D.C. to try and beat the clock and gather all the photos and information we needed to win. We went to places like the Museum of American History, The White House and the Washington Monument. While adventuring around we got to learn about the metro, how the streets work and more about the United States. I really appreciate that day and will always remember it. Since my team won, we get the chance to go to the Italian Embassy for a gala. Look out for my Instagram Takeover; I will be taking photos of the event and informing you of what it is like.
This is my first time in D.C. being able to actually check out the city. I always drive past it and never get to really see what it has to offer. I can tell you that there is so much to do here, you will never get bored. My first week here I was able to attend a Jazz Festival, and listened to many jazzy throwbacks. It was a nice, hot day out, which really surprised me, and the event was held at a huge park. I was in awe that there was actually a big park in the middle of D.C. The park had many sculptures that artists in the area have made and get to display everywhere. I love art and music, so I felt at home while I was relaxing with other Washington Semester students.
The next weekend I went with another group to see the United States Botanic Garden and it has been my favorite experience that I have done thus far! I felt like I was at home in Florida with all the tropical plants and art. I loved learning about the different plants and type of environments they thrive best in. It was interesting to see a cocoa tree up close for the first time. It looks amazing in movies, but even better in person. There was one room that had art that really made you think about society and the world today, which I found breathtaking.
The adventures I have in and out of the classroom have been remarkable. My teachers have taken us to many places like the Holocaust Museum, the Woodrow Wilson Building and the National Portrait Gallery. Each one of those visits has shown me the struggles that have happened within and outside of the United States. At the Holocaust Museum my class and I got to hear a true story from a Holocaust survivor and how she remembered the events, although she was so young. At the Wilson Building we learned how Argentina is beginning to fight for human rights and bring about new policies to help the country grow. They are trying to improve the government and are formulating ways to make sure both businesses and consumers are protected in all aspects. Also at the National Portrait Gallery we were able to see the Obama and Michelle portraits, which are stunning! The museum speaks wonders and I was captivated by every aspect of it and I am definitely going back soon!
I hope that you follow me on my excursions throughout D.C., and that we get to learn more together! Next time I plan to inform you more on my internship at Center for Security Policy and the Italian Embassy. I am overjoyed that I am here in D.C. learning, growing and making memories that will last a lifetime. I know I will always remember my time at American University and it will always have a major impact on my life.