Pros: nice co-workers, engrossing projects in the arts world, passionate workplace
Cons: management could be better, widespread lack of energy or drive, assignments often boring
I enjoyed my time interning for the National Endowment for the Arts. The people I worked with were all very nice and more than willing to give me to opportunities to learn and to try new assignments. Management was approachable and friendly, but long time employees often said that they seemed out of touch with the actual state of affairs within the Endowment. Many members of management seemed to be political appointees and used their positions as a springboard to bigger and better jobs. On the other hand, regular government employees complained that after a certain point, there was no room to advance and promotions often had to wait, sometimes for years, until a vacancy opened up.
I would say the best part of my job was learning about current events in the arts world and deepening my knowledge of art history. My co-workers were very nice and I enjoyed going into the office. The hardest part was that my assignments were often very boring, or required very little mental exertion. I expected to do some grunt work since I was an intern, but staring at a computer screen for eight hours proved to be trying.