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Rachel Burns

Assistant Director of Development

Education

  • BS in Interpersonal Communication from University of Central Florida

Working at Capitol since: 2010

What first made you interested in your job/career?

My last two years of undergrad, I worked for my university, tutoring student athletes. I really enjoyed being a part of the education process. I was excited about this opportunity because I would be supporting two of the people who made the institution run (I started as the administrative assistant to two of our vice presidents), as well as being around people who were passionate about education.

What is your favorite part about your position?

I am going to be able to get to know a lot more of our alumni and even our current students in my new role. Thankfully, a lot of our alumni still live in the area, so I’ll be able to meet a lot of them.

What is your most enjoyable project or event?

One of my favorite events is coming up. April 10 is our Scholarship Appreciation Breakfast. Not only do we serve good coffee, but the event is small enough that our students are actually able to meet their scholarship benefactors and express their appreciation. I remember what it was like, figuring out how to pay for college, and how grateful I was when I received scholarships. Events like the breakfast highlight how important scholarships are to our students.

Why Capitol? What makes it different?

I like that our students have a very good idea of what career they want and are able to get there because of Capitol. The other day, I was on a tour of NASA Goddard, given by one of our alumni, and we ran into three of our students. I like seeing people doing what they love to do.

What are some of your proudest academic and professional accomplishments?

My parents worked hard to educate and prepare me for life. I’m grateful that I was able to continue to learn and get my bachelor’s degree. I hope to also obtain my master’s at some point.

What are some of your hobbies or interests outside of work? What is something that students or coworkers might not know about you?

I’ve been living in the District for just over a year, and I love being in DC and being able to walk the city. One of my favorite weekend activities is, every few months, some friends and I will get together to read a play aloud. I don’t read recreationally as much as I used to, so this is fun way to get into something new. Last time it was an Arthur Miller play.