Four Tips on Making the Most of Your Experience in D.C.

Posted on Wednesday, Oct 31, 2018

Interning in D.C. is a unique and exciting experience but can be overwhelming at times, so here are four steps that can help keep things in perspective so you can make the most of your experience.
 
1. Find interesting events and activities to go to in your free time. Webpages like The Washington Post’s Going Out Guide, and Thrillist can give you unique ideas of where to go and what to see. They post a variety of content from where to find picturesque wall murals to how to score a cheap meal at D.C.’s most pricey restaurants. One of the best things I’ve done so far, which I would highly recommend, is renting a city bike and riding on the Mount Vernon bike trail from Crystal City to the Jefferson Memorial.
 
2. Try to embrace challenges in your internship. Interning in D.C. is a unique and exciting opportunity, but this means that you may have to adjust to a work culture/environment that is different than what you’ve experienced in the past. Remember that it is a learning experience, so work to the best of your ability, treat others with respect, and don’t be too hard on yourself.
 
3. Seek out networking events, happy hours, receptions, and any other events related to your interests. People are usually friendly and appreciate when people ask them about their life and career, so there is ample opportunity to grow your professional network and gain valuable insight that can help you take the next step in accomplishing your goals.
 
4. Don’t take things too seriously! Work hard, have fun, and experience what it’s like to live and work in our nation’s capital.

Erin Deihl
Global Cold Chain Alliance
Washington, D.C. | fall 2018