Phil Hernandez

Phil Hernandez
  • Class of 2010
  • Archived Blogger

About Phil Hernandez

Hi Everyone! I majored in both Music and Government. When I started my college career, I knew that I was passionate about jazz music (Coltrane, Monk, Miles, Mingus, Ella) and wanted to pursue that passion in a serious way. So, I did. And it was great, except for the fact that the music major wasn’t so helpful on the job front four years later. That’s when I decided to stick around for another year to pick up a degree in government, which was actually a great life-decision because 1.) I love politics and 2.) The government department here is terrific.

My final semester at the College was spent in our nation’s capitol with the W&M in Washington program. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this program, it’s basically an opportunity for students to take classes and participate in a full-time internship in Washington, D.C. Each semester revolves around a central theme, one that shapes the classes that are offered as well as the internship experiences that are available to students. The purpose of this blog, then, is to chronicle my experiences with the W&M in Washington program from beginning to end in hopes of providing some insight for future students.

Posts by Phil Hernandez


Just as my classmates and I were getting acclimated to our new and busy schedules in Washington D.C. this semester, a series of unprecedented snowstorms has

The Buchanan

Luxurious. Classy. Spacious. These are the words that came to mind today as I moved into my new home for the next few months: the Buchanan

Winter Restlessness

Both December and January are glorious months. After the chaos of finals, the caffeine-wired, sleep-deprived W&M student body finally gets a much-deserved break for the winter

The Interview

  "So, why do you want an internship at the White House?" And so it began. "I think this is a very special time to work at

The Rat Race

Over the past few weeks, I have been sending out internship applications like a mad man in hopes of landing an internship for next spring -

W&M in Washington: An Introduction

Williamsburg is a beautiful place. It's got charm and class. It's got tons of history. Most importantly, it's got both ghosts and colonists - and lots