I first became interested in the Chamber when I was looking into their operations and the community they served. Reading through what the Chamber does, I realized that this would be a place that interested me -- the crossroads of private enterprise and public policy.
When I first came to intern at the Arlington Chamber of Commerce, I was frankly incredibly nervous. Applying for internships, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic, was a rather stressful endeavor. It would be my first time in a professional setting and I didn’t know what to expect. Would this be an environment I enjoyed? Would it be friendly?
The Chamber lies at an interesting intersection between private enterprise and government, and I found myself learning a massive amount about how local governments operate and work with our businesses. Particularly during COVID-19, public and private enterprise working together to protect people’s lives has been immensely important. I’ve found the Chamber’s operations in that sphere to be very important and I’m glad to have been a part of helping the Arlington Chamber of Commerce operate during these difficult times.
I particularly found the networking opportunities through the Chamber to be really interesting. Networking is scary under normal circumstances and doing it online adds a layer of complexity that can seem difficult to bridge. The Chamber made that transition seem incredibly smooth, and I had conversations with people that were both relevant to my future career and will be very memorable.
Interning at the Chamber has been an enjoyable and rewarding experience. I’m glad to have gotten to know my coworkers here and to network through Chamber events. As my time here as an intern draws to a close, I want to thank everyone for such a fantastic time and for such a wonderful internship.
Editor's Note: Aaron came to the Chamber through the Lutheran College Washington Semester program.