While riding on the metro, I overheard three young interns from Los Angeles complain about their internships at lobbying firms. One complained about not doing anything but answer phones, another griped about doing data entry, and the other was confused about being placed in a budget office, complaining that "I don't know anything about finance." They all nodded in agreement, rather upbeat, after one commented that "It's like being on a 10-week vacation."
This blog is dedicated to those DC residents who eagerly await (or completely dread) DC Summer Intern Season. Essential to the function of most offices in DC, interns are willing to complete tasks that are often considered undesirable.
For many interns, this blog will not apply. For those interns to whom it does apply, we hope that you use these anecdotes to change your behavior and eventually change the stigma attached to DC interns.
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We welcome you to submit any and all absurd intern stories you are bound to experience this summer.
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To the interns: Please use this blog as a learning tool. Godspeed and best of luck this summer!