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Tips For Being Successful Here are some best practices staff and other students have used to make the most of the pre-arrival experience! • Look at TWC's instagram @twcinternships to get a feel for a variety of student experiences • Be aware of time zones! Washington D.C. operates in the Eastern Standard Time (EST) zone • Check your spam or junk folder, not just your inbox to ensure you do not miss any opportunities • Be on the lookout for (202) numbers which is D.C.'s area code • Make sure your voicemail is able to receive messages and has a professional greeting • D.C. is a networking city, EVERY communication counts, make it professional! • Business hours are usually between 9 am-5 pm EST; this window is the most effective for scheduling interviews and communicating with site partners • Review open internship opportunities on Grad Leaders frequently and apply to those positions that most closely related to your interests • Research the organizations you have been referred, reach out with any feedback • Do a mock interview, even if you feel confident in your interviewing skills • Be open-minded and give every interview request an opportunity • Communicate, communicate, communicate! • Your pre-arrival advisor is here to support you, let them know anything and everything that is going on including site outreach, concerns, and questions about LEAD/evening course/housing/etc!

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