Preparing for D.C.

Preparing for your professional semester at The Washington Center? Browse our pre-arrival resources.

  • What Should I Wear? The Ultimate Guide to Workplace Dress Codes

    What Should I Wear? The Ultimate Guide to Workplace Dress Codes

    Dressing for work can be tricky, whether you’re in the office or working remotely. Use this guide to get familiar with your office dress code and build a work-ready wardrobe.

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  • Budgeting and Transportation

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  • How to Enjoy Washington, D.C. While Social Distancing

    How to Enjoy Washington, D.C. While Social Distancing

    There are still plenty of ways to enjoy Washington, D.C. from both inside and outside of your home.

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  • Getting to TWC from D.C.’s Airports

    Getting to TWC from D.C.’s Airports

    Flying to D.C. for your internship? These tips and tricks will help you get to The Washington Center’s Residential and Academic Facility (RAF) from each of D.C.’s airports.

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  • Budgeting for Your Semester in D.C.

    Budgeting for Your Semester in D.C.

    Find out how much to budget for a semester in D.C. This sheet breaks down estimated costs of entertainment, groceries, eating out and transportation for the average intern.

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  • Life in D.C. See what our students are up to in D.C. through their Instagram takeovers.

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  • How to Live Each Week in D.C. on a Budget

    How to Live Each Week in D.C. on a Budget

    Money can always be a concern, whether you’re at your home university or in Washington, D.C. So, how much can you reasonably expect to spend week-to-week during a semester with The Washington...

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  • Tips Every Intern Should Know Before Using the D.C. Metro

    Tips Every Intern Should Know Before Using the D.C. Metro

    Whether you come from a city comparatively larger or smaller than Washington, D.C., the public transit system - the Metro - will take some getting used to, for sure.

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  • What to Wear

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  • Three Things I Missed When Budgeting for My Internship

    Three Things I Missed When Budgeting for My Internship

    Washington, D.C. is by far one of the most budget friendly cities for students, offering an incredible amount of free entertainment and activities.

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  • How Much Does an Intern in D.C. Spend a Week?

    How Much Does an Intern in D.C. Spend a Week?

    Living in Washington, D.C. for the summer was absolutely life-changing. I learned so many new skills at my internship, but perhaps the most important skill I learned while here was how to budget.

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  • How to Create a Professional Wardrobe on an Intern's Budget (Men's Edition)

    How to Create a Professional Wardrobe on an Intern's Budget (Men's Edition)

    Let’s face it guys… clothing can be expensive, and professional clothing can be really expensive. Developing a Capitol Hill-worthy closet can be daunting, but fear not, my fellow FAFSA recipient!...

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  • What Do D.C. Interns Wear to Work?

    What Do D.C. Interns Wear to Work?

    Someone’s style of dress can easily influence your first impression of them. Whether you are at the movies, the grocery store or even a sporting event, someone is noticing what you have on.

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  • The Florida Girl's Guide to Winter in D.C.

    The Florida Girl's Guide to Winter in D.C.

    Going to a place with seasons is a big change for this Florida girl. While D.C. may not have winters like Minnesota, winter in D.C. is still cold, rainy and can be very unpredictable. 

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  • Making the Most of Your Experience

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  • Must-Try Fall Trends for the Fashionable Interns of DC

    Must-Try Fall Trends for the Fashionable Interns of DC

    What exactly is business professional? What to wear can be very confusing for the budding intern, which makes it hard to put together a wardrobe.

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  • Love to Plan Ahead?
    Start your D.C. bucket list with our recommendations of things to do and places to go.

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  • What NOT to Wear | Professional Dress for TWC Interns19:49

    What NOT to Wear | Professional Dress for TWC Interns

    Learn the ins and outs of dressing for the job in Washington, D.C. in this What Not to Wear webinar from the TWC pre-arrival team.

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  • Survival Guide to Your First Week at an Internship

    Survival Guide to Your First Week at an Internship

    Whether you’re a seasoned intern or just starting out, the first week at a new office can be challenging. Here’s your one-stop guide to surviving the first few days.

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  • DOs and DON’Ts to Make the Most of Your Internship

    DOs and DON’Ts to Make the Most of Your Internship

    Back on #NationalInternDay, TIME posted an article referring to internships as the new entry-level job. The article reflects employers’ increasingly held expectation that first-time job seekers go...

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  • An Intern's Guide to Navigating D.C.'s Professional World

    An Intern's Guide to Navigating D.C.'s Professional World

    In Washington D.C., nothing is constant. Every day, new legislation is proposed and amended, businesses emerge and grow, and one event can entirely change an economic or political landscape.

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  • Conquering the Fears of Starting An Internship

    Conquering the Fears of Starting An Internship

    Moving to a new city can be scary. Starting a new job can be scary. Meeting new people can be scary. Can you imagine doing all three at once? These were the thoughts flooding my mind as the start...

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  • Four Essential Things You Never Thought to Pack for a D.C. Internship

    Four Essential Things You Never Thought to Pack for a D.C. Internship

    When packing for your semester in D.C., you're bound to forget a few things - especially these four commonly forgotten items.

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  • Fields of Corn to Fields of History: What I Learned Moving from the Midwest to Washington, D.C.

    Fields of Corn to Fields of History: What I Learned Moving from the Midwest to Washington, D.C.

    As a Midwesterner, I was in for some culture shock moving to D.C. However, I quickly learned there is something for everyone in D.C., even for a small-town girl like me.

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  • The D.C. Intern's Must Have Apps

    The D.C. Intern's Must Have Apps

    Adjusting to city life can be a little difficult especially if you’re coming from a small town like me. One of the benefits of being an intern in D.C. is that I’m able to rely on phone apps to...

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