How to network and have fun in Washington, D.C.!

Posted on Thursday, Oct 14, 2021

How to network and have fun in Washington, D.C.!

So you’ve completed the journey to our nation’s Capitol, and you’ve moved in with a bunch of people that you’ve never met before. What’s there to do in D.C., and how do you network with others to find a job that pays you more? 

First, hang out with your roommates. They’ll be living with you for the next four months, so make it worthwhile and visit places. Some of them might also be great cooks, unlike me. Try to go out as a group and explore the city or surrounding areas! The monuments, museums, and art galleries are good places to start, but other alternatives are like a climbing gym. You can also travel to nearby states and enjoy different food and geography! Don’t stay inside your room the whole time; you’re only in D.C. for a short time, so make the most out of it!

Next, talk to people in your hosting office! Make sure to ask questions about your internship and other staffers’ roles and responsibilities, so you’ll do your job exceptionally and be recognized while learning more. Also, talk! Don’t be that one intern who is quiet and keeps to themselves. Your supervisors want to see that you’re social and someone they want to work with in the future. Attend social gatherings when possible, but keep everything professional, and you’ll have a good time. The more you reach out to people, the more career opportunities you’ll get, and that’s very beneficial.

Lastly, the perks of working in a Congressional office:

  • You can meet very high-ranking and influential individuals
  • The connections you’ll obtain are very valuable even if you decide you want to work elsewhere
  • Interacting with the member of Congress is always fun and educational
Randy Mai
Office of Congressman August Pfluger
Washington, D.C. | Fall 2021