Everything I Wanted to Know about PPIP

Posted on Thursday, Apr 16, 2020

From the moment I received my acceptance email, I had a plethora of questions and I know that I am not the only one with these questions. Being the person that I am, I wrote them down and now I am going to share with you all the ins and outs of being a PPIP intern.
  • How am I going to survive riding the metro?
    • Honestly, the first time I was at the metro, I was TERRIFIED. It was rush hour on a Thursday. Needless to say, it shook me a little bit, but it quickly became second nature to me. The metro is fairly clean, easy to navigate and there are always employees present if you need help!
  • What is it going to be like living with 6 roommates?
    • The greatest number of roommates I’ve ever had is 1. Growing up an only child, I never have had to share a room, so I was concerned how it would be. My roommates and I get along really well. It is nice to have other people from the same background to come home to. The differences in D.C. and College Station/Texas are very real, but having my roommates helped my transition. It is also nice because you will always have someone to go sight see with or to rant to that will actually understand where you are coming from.
  • Am I going to freeze to death?
    • To my surprise, it has not dropped under 30 degrees while I have been in D.C. I truly though I would get to see real snow and maybe even get a snow day during my internship, but I was wrong! The weather truly isn’t very bad, and I adjusted to a cooler climate relatively quick.
  • When will I know my placement?
    • The first point of contact I had with any organization from D.C. was November 13th (5 days after materials were all sent out). After this, a plethora emails from the hosting offices I applied to came in asking for an interview. I interviewed with all of my potential offices and had accepted a placement on November 22nd. So, it took me 2 weeks to solidify my trip to D.C. (once my materials were sent out) and know where I would be spending my semester!

Overall, I am extremely glad I went through the process and faced the uncertainty. I have gained so much knowledge in my time being here, not just professional or academic knowledge, but an abundance of personal growth. Are you willing to take the chance of a totally different life?

Madison McKinney
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Washington, D.C. | spring 2020