Navigating the Workplace

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

  • 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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  • Elevate Yourself: How to Perfect Your Elevator Pitch (with Examples)

    Elevate Yourself: How to Perfect Your Elevator Pitch (with Examples)

    “So what do you do?” If you know anything about Washington, D.C., you know that this is the most frequently asked question — on the Metro, at the coffee shop, and yes, in the elevator.

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  • Debunking the 6 Myths of Professionalism

    Debunking the 6 Myths of Professionalism

    "You are professionals!" I have heard that phrase announced several times while I've been here, and I'm sure you will too. Although I am not entirely convinced that anyone (including myself)...

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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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  • Adjusting to the Intern Life

    Adjusting to the Intern Life

    I started off feeling very small. Not knowing how to do the work I would be given was probably the greatest source of my nerves. What if they gave me an assignment I didn’t know how to do? What if...

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  • Whoops! Intern Bloopers During the First Week in D.C.

    Whoops! Intern Bloopers During the First Week in D.C.

    When you watch Chadwick Boseman in Black Panther, you’re enjoying the finished product that you see on your screen.

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  • Disability Disclosure Options for Employment

    Disability Disclosure Options for Employment

    This resource covers topics on disclosure on resumes, interviews, pre-offer, post acceptance, and even the possibility of never disclosing a disability.

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