Navigating the Workplace

Resources to help you make the transition from the classroom to the professional world.

  • Top Five Tips for Beating the "I'm-Just-an-Intern" Mentality

    Top Five Tips for Beating the "I'm-Just-an-Intern" Mentality

    Whenever you step into a new environment, it’s easy to slide into a pattern of self-doubt or imposter-syndrome.

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  • The D.C. Intern's Guide to Coping with Burnout

    The D.C. Intern's Guide to Coping with Burnout

    Although your time in D.C. is short, burnout can set in quickly.

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  • My Journey to The Washington Center and What I Learned Working as a Public Policy Intern at an Education Nonprofit in D.C.

    My Journey to The Washington Center and What I Learned Working as a Public Policy Intern at an Education Nonprofit in D.C.

    Spending an entire semester in Washington D.C. is a dream come true. Here’s what my journey to the nation’s capital was like and what I learned during my internship at an education nonprofit.

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  • From Westfield, MA to Washington, D.C.: What I've Learned on My Journey to Interning at the Department of Homeland Security

    From Westfield, MA to Washington, D.C.: What I've Learned on My Journey to Interning at the Department of Homeland Security

    Interning for one of the largest federal agencies in the U.S., the Department of Homeland Security, can be nerve-wracking. I knew that I had to be on my A-game.

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  • An Introvert's Guide to Networking

    An Introvert's Guide to Networking

    Introverts, or those who get their energy by spending time alone, have always gotten the short end of the stick when it comes to expectations in the workplace.

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  • How to Prepare for a Difficult Conversation at Work

    How to Prepare for a Difficult Conversation at Work

    Here’s how to identify and overcome the most difficult workplace conundrums.

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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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  • How to Finish an Internship Strong

    How to Finish an Internship Strong

    The end of the semester can be stressful. Keep these tips in mind to finish your internship strong.

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  • My Top Interning in D.C. Takeaways That Prepared Me for Next Fall

    My Top Interning in D.C. Takeaways That Prepared Me for Next Fall

    Without a doubt, my D.C. internship was the greatest adventure in my education.

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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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  • How to Get Feedback That's Actually Helpful

    How to Get Feedback That's Actually Helpful

    It’s the thing that scares all of us — feedback.

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  • Surprising Lessons From the Work World

    Surprising Lessons From the Work World

    Here's what you should know about the professional world before starting your D.C. internship. 

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  • 5 Steps to Have a Great Phone Interview

    5 Steps to Have a Great Phone Interview

    Without a doubt, interviewing can make the best of us uneasy. Interns applying to The Washington Center program face a different kind of interview challenge: the phone interview.

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  • 5 Things You Should Know When Starting a Congressional Internship

    5 Things You Should Know When Starting a Congressional Internship

    While you may have had an internship in your hometown or held an office job at your school, things are a lot different in the political offices of D.C.

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  • Overcoming Anxiety Upon Entering the Workplace

    Overcoming Anxiety Upon Entering the Workplace

    Internships boost confidence and add experience to a resume, but the stress and anxiety that accompanies starting a new position can be overwhelming. Fortunately, this is a conquerable...

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  • The 4 Types of People You Should Meet During Your Internship (and How to e-Introduce Yourself)

    The 4 Types of People You Should Meet During Your Internship (and How to e-Introduce Yourself)

    The first step in building your professional network is as easy as sending an email. 

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  • Balancing Work & Life in D.C.16:59

    Balancing Work & Life in D.C.

    Learn how to balance competing priorities and find your own work/life balance during your time at The Washington Center in this webinar from the TWC pre-arrival team.

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  • From Shy to Sure: Networking in the Office

    From Shy to Sure: Networking in the Office

    As a D.C. intern, you will hear one piece of advice constantly: network as much as possible.

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  • Pursuing Top-Tier Career Advice

    Pursuing Top-Tier Career Advice

    One of the most important goals that interns should focus on is soliciting feedback and advice.

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  • What I Learned About Networking at the Congressional Black Caucus Convention

    What I Learned About Networking at the Congressional Black Caucus Convention

    In Washington, D.C., any event can be an opportunity to expand your network.

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