- The Washington Times - Saturday, August 12, 2006

If there is anything I have said to sum up this summer, it was what I told The Washington Times’ internship coordinator when he called me out of the blue for a phone interview:

“If you give me a chance, I will run with that. All I need is a chance.”

By the time this is posted, I will have finished my 11-week internship with The Washington Times. I owe a lot of people for this experience: my girlfriend, Leah, for encouraging me to follow my dreams; my aunt, whose infinite graciousness secured me a roof to sleep under; and, finally, my mother, who instilled in me both a healthy respect for words and a healthier fear of authority figures. But, again, these people — and countless more — contributed to give me a chance, and that’s all I’ve ever needed.

Since making my way to Washington, D.C., I’ve done dozens of interviews, left hundreds of e-mails and voicemail messages, and driven thousands and thousands of miles. And you know what?

I’d do all over again. In a heartbeat.

When I first came to The Washington Times, I was more than a little nervous. Indeed, I had applied to more than 60 other locations. Did I make the right decision? My fears were reinforced when I read a posting on a local blog, triumphantly forecasting the inevitable disillusionment that was headed my way.

And yet, 11 weeks later, I feel far from disillusionment. Whereas my first summer internship revealed my love of wordplay, this internship refined my journalistic skills. Indeed, I feel empowered — and I owe it to the reporters of The Times, who were supportive beyond belief, and my editor here, who helped me make this summer one to remember.

So what defines a summer internship at The Washington Times? Taking a chance and running with it — and loving every second along the way.

David Pepose is in the Class of ‘08 at Brandeis University.

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