20 Dec Unique Things to Do in DC During Your Internship
Having an internship in Washington, DC is one of the best experiences a student can have going into the final semesters of college. Here are some of our favorite unique things to do in DC while you’re here.
Many internships are close to the National Mall. Take time to walk around during your time off and plan to go to different museums over your lunch hour. Ask a fellow intern to join you. The National Archives and the Air and Space Museum are favorites. Summer internships tend to be shorter than those in the in Spring and Fall, so take advantage of every moment you have in Washington, DC.
If your internship brings you to DC in the Spring, you will be there for opening season for the Washington Nationals baseball team, the Cherry Blossom festival, and paddle boating on the Tidal Basin across from the Jefferson Memorial (this is one of our favorite unique things to do in DC!). A new Congress and U.S. President will be inaugurated in January. And as the weather warms, it’s a great time to rent a bike through the DC Bikeshare program and explore DC, Old Town Alexandria, VA, and Rock Creek.
The best way to get to and from work is the Metro. Make sure to ask your internship coordinator which Metro stop is closest and make sure your housing in near one of the many Metro stations (all of our housing options are near major metro lines!). One intern who worked at the US Courthouse particularly enjoyed her Metro stop which was located close to the Newseum. The Newseum has newspaper front pages from around the United States and the world posted on the street outside their building every morning for anyone to read. The Metro gives you access not only to DC, but Northern Virginia and Maryland. It’s efficient and clean and is a great way to get back and forth from your internship and explore the city.