December 09, 2013

My last week of work in the governor's office

This is my last week of work (for now). I've been working in the governor's office/for the State of Georgia since mid-June of this year and Friday is my last day of this six-month fellowship. This experience has been everything I could have asked for, plus way, way more. I've made mistakes, learned about myself and others, fallen in love with politics/government work, met and interacted with politicians, attended events, written speeches, and more.

And I've loved it. I highly recommend paid fellowships/internships after college if you're still figuring out what you want to do in life and/or you want a break before going back to school for another degree (my situation). This fellowship has been the perfect break and although every day was not magical, most days were full of really fun work in the field I love, and every day was a blessing.

I tried writing this post a few times and I just couldn't figure out a concise way to explain all of my thoughts, feelings, and experiences from my job. And then I decided to use my beginning thoughts to reflect on my end results. I went back to the post I wrote about completing my first week of work.

Then I re-read the post, and made edits so that the words apply to how I feel at the end of this work experience. The blue text represents my thoughts at the end of this incredible experience:

My first week of work is officially done.  Today marks my last week of work.

And even though I haven't done anything too monumental yet, I already love it. 

I did lots of major things and witnessed so many behind-the-scenes government plans that taught me how state government works. I even made a few (background) TV appearances, eek!

Some of my favorite moments from the past six-months of working for the governor:

Helping out with the First Lady's events 

Witnessing the end of the Georgia 400 tolls

Being up close and personal during
press conferences with the governor 
Themed-casual Fridays
Work celebrations/birthdays
Lunch breaks that I spent walking around the
Capitol and reading all of the facts and looking at artifacts.
Watching them move the Christmas tree
into the Capitol 
Seeing the finished product and attending the Christmas tree lighting 

Of course dressing up every day is a fun task, but I love it for other reasons too. 

I've already learned so much about local and federal government and I have no choice but to stay updated on the news (seriously, I think I know everything that took place in Georgia this past week.)

I'm where I am supposed to be, and I'm grateful for this opportunity.
This was the opportunity that I was supposed to have and I'm so grateful I had it.

Pulling into work and seeing the beautiful Capitol building that I get to work in is so inspirational and gives me the happiest feeling.

I don't ever want that feeling to go away.  (It hasn't).

 There is so much history in downtown Atlanta and it's an area of Atlanta that I haven't really spent time in yet. Besides the traffic (ugh!), I love the the constant activity of downtown. It's always in motion, in a southern comfort kind of way.

Downtown traffic (cars + pedestrians) got old very quickly, but I did find some great new places to eat!

It's easy to lose excitement about something new after the first week, or even the first day. But I really see myself loving all six months of this job and making every week a new adventure.  (I have loved it.)

Of course the first few days were full of meeting new people (trying to remember names), learning the customs of the office, morning rituals, where to eat lunch, and just how things work. 
And I eventually figured all of this out… :) 

But I think I'm catching on quickly.

I really really like the people I work with. There are no forced feelings of getting along, the office just naturally works together well and flows...I love that.

It has been an adjustment working 8 hours a day and getting up earlier, so after work naps have become my best friend! (so true!)

Although my body got used to waking up early and going to bed early, I'm ready to get back on the college (flexible) schedule :) 


This week, I'll be finishing the items on my Capitol "bucket list," saying goodbyes, and passing out thank you cards (always a great idea when ending an internship/fellowship) before my last day. And we have a reception at the Governor's Mansion later this week so our families can meet the governor!

Ending this job means ending a chapter in my life and that's always bitter sweet. But it helps that I'm extremely excited for the next chapter! And, I know I'll be back working in politics sooner than I know…I can't get enough of it!


  1. Congratulations on such an esteemed accomplishment! I cherish my memories as an intern at the Louisiana State Capitol and it opened so many doors for me. Very proud of you and keep moving forward, and forward in your career!

  2. It sounds like you have enjoyed your fellowship to the fullest and have learned and experienced so many things! I hope you have a great last week!


  3. A great chapter in your life Vett, I am sure great things await you :)

  4. that's wonderful that you were able to have such a positive experience.

  5. Hello from Spain: beautiful pictures. I read that this week is your last week with the scholarship. I hope you get another chance to continue working. Great experience. Keep in touch

  6. looking like a great experience! you look gorg girl :) x

  7. A great experience indeed!

    It isn't often that we get the opportunity to live out our dreams or work our dream jobs. I know working in Government must have been tedious yet fun and you'll probably miss it like heck!

    I wish you all the best in starting this new chapter of your life. To new beginnings!

    Eesh | The Other Side of Paradise

  8. I like how its beginning gave way to a lot of your thoughts in its end. I think it's awesome you were able to learn and grow so much within 6 months. I had never given a fellowship a thought as something I'd do post-grad, but you have changed my mind a bit and I am now looking at that as an option. I know that this is only the beginning for you and I am so happy that you get to go to grad school soon. All the best love :)

  9. Wow girl, you are super incredible! Look at you go, woman of power for sure ;) Congrats on a fantastic internship and don't you worry, after work naps are my best friends as well! :)

  10. Congratulations for this experience! Here in Spain it's very difficul to approach to politicians!

  11. The governor was very lucky to have you on his team! Good luck with your future endeavors Vett, you will be great at anything you do!

  12. Congratulations :)
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  13. What an amazing job opportunity. This will definitely be a life changing experience.

  14. something you'll always remember


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