My First Week On The Job

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It’s been a busy and exciting first week for me as the NASFAA summer 2013 policy intern for the Dallas Martin Fund for Education (DME)! After introductions and meetings with each member of the Policy and Federal Relations Team I quickly began to delve into the projects I will be working on while I am here--the biggest of which is NASFAA’s in-person briefing for congressional staff on current financial aid programs from the 2013 National Student Aid Profile. 

The event is specifically for congressional and legislative staffers specializing in education and will take place at the U.S. Capitol on June 27. I will be coordinating the invitations and guest list, creating the presentation, and much more. I know this event will be a great experience and I’m looking forward to working on it over the next few weeks. In conjunction with that I spent last week with NASFAA’s Research Director, Gigi Jones, doing a quality check of the National Profile proof so we could send it to print. I will also be involved in several other projects throughout the summer, including the Student Aid Index (coming to members in the next 12 months!) with Joan Berkes, senior policy analyst. The index will be a mobile-optimized topical guide on student aid issues that links directly to statutory, regulatory, sub-regulatory, and NASFAA resources on each topic. 

Everyone on the team has also opened their calendars and allowed me to tag along for several meetings. I’ve joined Megan McClean, managing director of policy and federal relations, and Jesse O’Connell, policy analyst, at their weekly Committee for Education Funding meeting where we heard guest speaker Dick Meltzer, policy director for the House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, give a briefing on current events. I sat in on a meeting with the Reauthorization Task Force that Joan organizes and most importantly I was able to join NASFAA President Justin Draeger, and Megan on their DME Advisory Committee conference call. This gave me the chance to introduce myself and personally thank them for their efforts that have allowed me all of these opportunities – I can’t wait to meet them in-person at the National Conference this July!

While there’s so much going on within the NASFAA office, I’ve also taken the time to explore DC during my lunch and off time. A few days ago I made an amazing discovery right around the corner from our building in Farragut Square: A gathering of food trucks! Food trucks have always been a personal favorite of mine and I can’t wait to check these out over the next few weeks – falafel, cupcakes, crepes, and bbq: sign me up! I’m glad I’ve been walking to and from work every day so I can work up an appetite for what I’m sure will be an awesome taste of DC! To see food truck photos, check out my Facebook album on NASFAA’s Facebook page-- and be sure to check back frequently for more pictures of my adventures. 

Charlotte

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