Mykala Harris: Federal Diversity Intern at the Dept. of Veterans Affairs (New Orleans, LA)

Two Week Countdown!

New Orleans has been a home away from home. I still have a few items on my bucket list before heading back to my original home, Philadelphia, PA. My roommates and I have compiled a list of places we would like to visit and things we would like to do before we part ways. The list is below:

  1. Go on a Swamp Tourgator
  2. Visit a Restaurant featured on the Food Network
  3. Pay a visit to the WWII Museum
  4. Walk through Audubon Park
  5. Eat more Snowballs!


Though I am going to miss NOLA, I would be lying if I said I did not miss home. I cannot wait to eat a Cheesesteak, visit the beach, and spend time with my family. I miss them most of all! I have two weeks until the semester starts when I return home. Therefore, I will try to make the most out of my last two weeks of a “no work” summer. beach umb

As for my internship, I will miss everyone in the office. I have met some great women and men while interning at the Department of Veterans Affairs. The women in my office have become my long-distant aunts, though we still have a very professional relationship. They have offered me both professional and personal advice. They have believed in my abilities to kick-start projects, lead teams, and present information at large orientations. For my mid-term assessment, I received straight “Excellent” in all fields of the selected criteria. My mentor and supervisor sat down with me and expressed that I have been the best intern they have ever had! (I was delighted and humbled.) Due to previous experiences with interns, they were skeptical about selecting an intern for this summer. Thus, they took a risk and stated they were happy to be comfortable in my abilities to go above and beyond.

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