Things You Must do in D.C.

Posted on Thursday, Apr 02, 2020

Washington D.C. is an incredible city with tons of things to experience during your time in the city. It is important to make the most of your time in D.C., because your time in D.C. will be over quicker than you know it. In order to make the most of your time and experience everything the city has to offer, it is essential to keep yourself busy and take advantage of every free weekend or time you have available.
My friend group that I spent most of my time with in D.C. made sure to take advantage of any free time we had. This meant that every weekend we were doing something new or going somewhere new. During the work week, if there was something for us to do after work, we were doing it. Going places and doing stuff all the time was part of what made my D.C. experience so enjoyable. Without a doubt, you gain a lot from your internship and working. You gain experience in the political field and learn more about how policy works and how it affects people. However, the internship will not last forever, and it is nice to have other memories and experiences to look back on and friendships to look forward to continuing wherever your next stop in life may be.
In order to help future interns make the most of their experience, I have created the list below with key things you must do while in D.C.
  1. First and foremost, make friends with your fellow interns. Get to know them and make an effort to be friends with them. Everything in D.C. is way more fun when you’re doing it all with your friends.
  2. Develop a list of places you want to see and things you want to do while you’re in D.C. Trust me, it is nice to have a list of things you want to do while you’re there. You most likely won’t even be able to do everything on the list while you’re there because the city has so much to offer.
  3. Do something from your list or something you know you want to do every single weekend you are there. Don’t rush through anything just to mark it off but enjoy whatever it is that you wanted to do. For example, if you wanted to see Georgetown, don’t just rush through the campus and surrounding area just to say you did it. Take it all in, go into different shops, and restaurants. See what all the area has to offer.
  4. Take advantage of your free time during the work week. Go to a Wizards game, Capitals game, or Georgetown game after work. Go to a concert when you see one you’re interested in. Go to an event at a museum that you haven’t got the chance to go to yet.
  5. Be spontaneous though. This means if your friend calls you wanting to go to Shenandoah National Park on a Sunday afternoon, you do it, or if you’re laying in bed on a Friday night and your friend calls wanting you to go to the jazz bar for a concert, you do it. Not everything needs to be planned as some of the most fun experiences you will have in D.C. often appear out of nowhere.
In D.C., you will make some memories that you will remember for the rest of your life. You will see a whole different part of the world that you don’t get to see in Texas or at A&M. I encourage anyone who has the chance to go to D.C. to do it. Whether that is as a PPIP intern or an intern with another group or just to visit, it will be an unforgettable experience.

Blake Elliott
Family Research Council
Washington, D.C. | spring 2020