Bernice: Crossing Borders More than We Know

Bernice Ramos
June 27, 2010

Prior to my arrival Washington D.C., I wasn’t sure what I would gain from my summer internship. Would I just answer phone calls? Do coffee runs? Write long reports? However, halfway through it, I now understand that it takes much more than what a usual internship entails.

Bernice Ramos

Bernice Ramos

On my first day in the CCAO office, we were divided into two teams to compete for a secret prize in 7-week long scavenger hunt. One of the things on the to-do list is to “cross a border”; regardless if it’s physical, cultural or imposed. I believe that crossing borders has been and would be the continuing dominant theme of this experience.

We, the interns, staff and volunteers, cross borders more than we are aware of. Speaking for myself, I am surprised by many of the things I do everyday. I never used to like politics, wake up early or do the dishes; but it has become my new routine – a pleasant change.

I am pleased with how involved this internship requires us to be. I can’t emphasize enough how much I’ve already learned both about myself, the people around me and the roles we can all play in realities beyond our own. I sincerely look forward to the rest of the weeks that I’ll be spending with people at work and at home.