Adjusting to Life in the Nation’s Capital

Posted on Monday, Feb 25, 2019

Does seeing the U.S. Capitol on the way to work ever get old? After a month of working at the Rayburn House Office Building, I can tell you that the answer is a resounding no.

Moving to D.C. for an internship requires one to bring their wardrobe, change how you get to work, and adjust to a new job that you will leave in a few short months when you end your internship and go back home. While this may seem daunting, things will go quicker and smoother than you would imagine. Here are a few tips for making the first few days of work easier on yourself:
  1. Bring as many clothes as you can. Closets at the Buchanan have plenty of space and dressing well can easily make you stand out at the office.
  2. Buy a metro pass and register your pass online. By registering the pass online, you can add a certain route to the card which you pay for monthly and saves money.
  3. Don’t be afraid to be yourself at work. While it is important to stay professional, you can be personable at the same time. This will make your relationships with your bosses or coworkers much more than a “just here for work” mentality.
  4. Become familiar with your surroundings. The quicker you can acquaint yourself with the area around the Buchanan and the places you see at work, the easier getting around will be.
 
Hopefully the internship you’ve chosen is everything you could imagine it would be and more. I’ve been lucky enough to work for an office where the staffers are welcoming with open arms and understanding of my situation because they were there before me. I get to explore the Capitol and the house office buildings daily while doing much more than just answering phones. Congressman Louie Gohmert’s office has been such an amazing place to work and the congressman’s humble and caring approach towards not only myself but to everyone he encounters is truly inspiring.

What is your dream office to intern with?

Collin Bullard
Office of Congressman Louis Gohmert
Washington, D.C. | spring 2019