Friday, August 22, 2008

Mr. Gooldy goes to Washington

My name is Ray Gooldy and by this time next week I plan on being somewhere in our nation's capitol taking pictures and navigating my way through the city. Since November, when I first learned that I was accepted for an internship in Washington D.C., I have been counting the months. Now I am down to counting the days and pretty soon the hours.

While I'm in D.C., I will be interning with the Potomac Advocates, a lobbyist firm that deals primarily with the Department of Defense. Now, I know some people assume that all lobbyists are evil, but let me just say that it depends on what you are lobbying for. The Potomac Advocates is a relatively small firm that has only been around for about 6 years. The main reason I chose the Potomac Advocates is because of the close relationship they have with the military, which is important to me since I'm in the Marine Corps. If anyone wants to learn more about the Potomac Advocates, you can check them out at .

In addition to working, I will also be taking a forensic psychology course and completing the requirements for my portfolio which includes my goals for the internship(academic, professional, civic, and personal). The portfolio is basically what I show RSU, so they'll know that their money was well spent and also give me credit for 12 hours.

When I first applied for the internship, I was surprised to find out how many students at RSU do not even apply or know about this once in a lifetime opportunity. So, for those who do not know about this program, let me tell you all about it. The Washington Center(TWC) is the name of the internship program that does all the work, they find you an apartment to live in, a job in your field of choice, and 1 college course that relates to your field of study. If you are accepted for the program, RSU pays the money and you are off to study and work in D.C. for the semester of your choice. The only expense that comes out of your pocket is round trip airfare(if you want to come back), food and entertainment money. This really is an amazing opportunity that more students should take a look at. If you want to find out more about the program, I would suggest going to the following link . Also, the campus liaison for TWC is Dr. Carolyn Taylor and she can tell you more about the application process.

As far as preparing for my semester in D.C., I have had to make a few extra purchases. I had to buy several new suits, since I am required to wear a suit and tie to work everyday. My other purchase was a digital camera, since I figured it was time to get out of the disposable camera days and get up to speed with the rest of the world. I plan on taking a lot of pictures and posting them up on the blog.

Okay, so that's all I got for now, but if anyone has recommendations for places to eat and cool places to see(besides the obvious) let me know.


  1. Mr. Gooldy, Great article. We are very proud of you and the service you have given our country and the success you are having at RSC.
    Learn as much as you can in DC and enjoy the time there. Keep in mind that someday you will have to have a job and work like the rest of us. Have fun. Have you met the girls on your right or left? Ron B

  2. Ray,

    Well, how was your first night in D.C.? Sounds like you guys were going to be seeing some of the sights real quick! Did you like the Metro?
    I hope your orientation went well. Have a great week-end and try to send some pics soon!!

  3. Ray,
    Keep up the good work. Sauce