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Rocky Interns in DC: Top 5 Things to Do in DC, Housing Options, Online Tools and Tips

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Rockefeller Center interns outside of the White House - Photo courtesy of Dan Fang '15

Housing:
George Washington University: Conveniently located in Foggy Bottom, summer housing at GW is an excellent option.  There are various price levels of dorms and you can rent a room on a weekly basis.
Washington Intern Student Housing (WISH): With a variety of locations near Capital Hill, WISH housing is reserved exclusively for summer interns.
For more housing options, click here.  

Transportation:

Wmata: The DC Metro is the main form of transportation used to get around the city.

Amtrak: Taking an Amtrak train from Union Station is a very easy and quick travel option if you are looking to take a weekend trip.

Chinatown Buses: A very cheap travel option if you are looking to take a weekend trip from DC to Philadelphia, New York, or Boston.

Reagan National Airport and Dulles International Airport: The two main airports located around the DC area.

Food:
Opentable: A very useful website that allows you to make online reservations for most restaurants in the DC area.
Yelp: A great resource to find restaurants, hotels, and entertainment in the DC area.

Grubhub: This website allows you to easily order take-out food from around DC.  It also provides reviews, coupons, and special food deals for most restaurants.

Entertainment:
Jazz in the Garden: A free jazz concert that happens every Friday evening in the Sculpture Garden of the National Gallery of Art.

"Jazz in the Garden, which happens every Friday and is a great place to meet up with other interns or friends - I would highly recommend it for anyone interning in DC in the summer!" - Amanda Wheelock '13, pictured at Jazz in the Garden with Ashley Blum '13 and Ariel Shapiro '13.

Screen on the Green: A movie is shown on the National Mall every Monday evening from the mid-July to the beginning of August.

Screen on the Green

For a great list of other activities in DC, click here.

Other Favorite Websites:
"Interns on the Metro" Video: This spoof of the Lady Gaga song "Alejandro" is hilarious.
Spotted: DC [summer] interns: This blog is devoted to documenting all of the ridiculous comments and actions of students interning in DC.

My Top Five Things to do in DC:
1) Visit all of the monuments - both in the day and at night!

View of the Washington Monument

2) Visit Old Town Alexandria

3) Eat brunch at Founding Farmers.  It is by far my favorite place to eat in DC. 

4) Go to the Newseum 

5) Explore Georgetown.  While you are there, eat at Georgetown Cupcake (order your cupcakes in advance and you can skip the line, which is normally a block or two long!) and get bubble tea at Snap.

Kali Montecalvo '13 and Olivia Korostelina '13 outside of Snap in Georgetown
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