Friday, July 18, 2014

Heard: I Keep Getting Older...

Overheard in a Dirksen hallway - two giggly girls wandering around quickly.  It was difficult to tell their age - could have been teens, could have been twenties. 

Bubbly #1: Yeah, haha, we hung out with them on Saturday. 
Giggling #2: Are his friends cute? 
Bubbly #1: Oh yeah. Wanna pick one? 
Giggling #2: For sure! 

::Commence giggling stride::

I distinctly recall one of them reciting these sage words: I keep getting older, they just stay the same.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Spotted: Just Like a Peacock

This morning around 9:00am there was a long, slow-moving security line to get into Cannon.  A group of interns near the front spotted a friend at the very back of the line.  They proceeded to waive him forward.  As the intern proudly strutted to the front of the line, cutting in front of the tired (and likely already late) staffers and lobbyists quietly waiting their turn, one of his friends yelled out “good morning, sexy!”

God bless intern season.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Spotted: Intern Flower Child

Last week, I saw a girl wearing a tunic top (emphasis on "top") in a flowered paisley pattern.  The problem?  She was wearing it like a dress.  This "dress" just barely covered her rear and was, quite unfortunately, too tight for her figure.  To make the outfit worse, the tunic had long wide sleeves that were too long for her arms.  She was also wearing leather sandals with tassels.  This was a work day.

How did I know she was an intern?  She topped off her stellar outfit with a lovely green intern badge around her neck.

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Spotted: John Hancock, the Intern

Today, I had to collect 20 signatures on a letter, all throughout the House side office buildings.  I entered the second-to-last office to ask for a signature.  The person at the front desk pulled out a felt tip pen and signed it right away.  I was surprised at the quickness, but I thought he must have been a designated staff member to sign letters.  I left the office and was walking down the hallway when the front desk staffer walked out and stopped me.  Only then did I see the green badge.  He said “Wait, did you need the Congressman’s signature on that letter?”  I said “Yeah…” - I mean, of course I needed the Congressman’s signature. He then said “Oh sorry, I signed my own name.”  I stood there dumbfounded for a few seconds and then went back to my office and had the page reprinted.  

I had to go around and get nine signatures again because an intern signed his own name on an official letter.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Spotted: I'm Coming In!

Note to interns:  In a completely full elevator (after work) don't yell "I'M COMING IN!" with a giant backpack and launch yourself into the elevator.  There are multiple elevator banks in Rayburn - just wait your turn.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Spotted: Cloture Club Hits a Home Run

From our friends @ClotureClub - we think all interns should read this sage advice:

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

From the Editors: What to Wear (and What Not to Wear)

You only get one first impression - so make it a good one.  Not only will your peers/superiors judge you based on your attitude, demeanor, and work ethic, but your apparel as well.  Per the request of some followers, we've put together a general list of what is - and is not - appropriate for a work environment.  We're open to additional suggestions or constructive criticism.  

Don't forget the time-honored seersucker traditions on the Hill:  "Seersucker Thursday" in the Senate and "Seersucker Wednesday" in the House. 

Ladies.  You should aim to include three primary pieces in every outfit - skirt/pants, shirt, blazer/cardigan.  As interns, it's difficult to build a work-appropriate wardrobe on little-to-no income.  However, purchasing just a few simple, classic pieces will allow you to mix and match to create multiple outfits out of what was previously only one or two.  

Shirt.  If the shirt is extremely conservative (a buttoned oxford, long-sleeved silk shirt, etc.) you can probably pass without a blazer or cardigan.  However, as a general rule, try to include a blazer or cardigan with every outfit.  Sleeveless shirts or dresses (without a cardigan or blazer) are never appropriate.  

Cardigan/Blazer.  A few staple blazers and cardigans (black, navy, pink, cream) can go a long way.  They will coordinate with just about anything and will provide you any additional coverage necessary.    

Skirt/Pants.  Skirts should always pass the fingertip test and should be no more than 1.5ish inches above your knees.  If the skirt is higher than mid-thigh when you sit, it's too short for the workplace.  Don't forget about the vent in the back - it, too, should not be too high nor should it ever allow those walking behind you to see "through" it (the flaps should overlap, not create a "V" shape).  This should go without saying, but don't wear leggings.  

Shoes.  Three-inch heels are about as high as you should go.   

Recess Attire.  If you wear jeans during recess, try to pair them with a cardigan or blazer.  Sweatshirts, flip flops, and mini skirts are not appropriate at any point (recess or otherwise).  

Guys.  Guys have it a bit easier:  Wear a suit.  Make sure if you're wearing a brown belt, you're wearing brown shoes (the same goes for black).  Try to avoid clashing your suit/shirt/tie.  Keep it simple.  Never, ever wear white socks with your suit - solid or "fun" dress socks can be appropriate, just avoid athletic socks.  Socks should coordinate with your suit and shoes (back to the don't mix black and brown rule).  During recess, wear a collared shirt tucked in (no tee-shirts, sweatshirts, etc.).    

We think that about covers it!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Spotted: Intern Christmas!

Today, @KFC held their annual reception on the Hill.  Interns were spotted scrambling around the House office buildings balancing several plates of chicken legs, mashed potatoes with gravy, and biscuits.  Unfortunately, our sources tell us no one was spotted wearing this