This post is going to be written in a bit of an unconventional style for me, but I thought it’d be fun to share what a typical day looks like for someone interning in DC, via Snapchat screenshots. This isn’t a perfect example of what all DC internships look like, but hopefully it’ll give you an idea of what to expect if you decide to spend a summer (or a semester) working in the nation’s capital.
5:30 a.m. – Wake up and get ready
7:00 a.m. – Work out
I love working out first thing in the morning, so I’ll walk to the SoulCycle studio and take the 7 a.m. class. Since the studio isn’t too far from my office, I’ll bring my work clothes with me and shower/get ready at the studio.
8:45 a.m. – Coffee
I’m lucky in that my office doesn’t really start work until 10 – some of my friends start work as early as 8 or 8:30, but I get to spend my mornings camped out in a coffee shop (usually either one of the local ones in Chinatown or the Starbucks directly across the street from my office). I generally use the time to run through my inbox, do blog-related stuff, or work on assignments for marketing (which I’m taking online this summer).
10:00 a.m. – Work time!
I get into the office a few minutes before 10, and a lot of people drift in afterwards. My office in particular is pretty laidback, so I wouldn’t say that this is typical of most DC internships. My office also has a more casual dress code (jeans are totally acceptable) so what I wear to work on a regular basis isn’t necessarily representative of what most people wear. For example, I wore a Piko dress today, which I probably wouldn’t wear if it was a business casual environment.
12:00 p.m. – Lunch
Today my morning tasks were pretty simple: I designed an invitation for a reception we’re having at the end of the month and did some research to find a caterer within our price range. Normally I just eat lunch at my desk while I’m working, which isn’t the healthiest habit but hey, it happens.
1:30 p.m. – Errands
A few boxes needed to be shipped, and since I wasn’t working on anything particularly pressing, I volunteered to go with one of the other interns to drop them off at the post office. We also swung by a Panera and I picked up a smoothie. (Also yes, I have a 24-hour clock on my phone.)
5:00 p.m. – Go home!
The rest of the afternoon was pretty uneventful, so I was able to leave right at 5. I take the Metro home instead of walking, because by 5 p.m. it’s oppressively hot and therefore not fun to walk outside for 30 minutes.
6:30 p.m. – Dinner
Depending on how hungry I am, I may start cooking immediately or I may wait a little bit. Tonight I made a vegan pizza (although it didn’t have tomato sauce or cheese, so I’m not sure it should qualify as a pizza anymore).
10:30 p.m. – Bedtime
I spend the rest of the evening doing odd tasks: reading, blog work, marketing homework, and getting ready for the following day. In general, I try to be in bed by 10:30 so that I at least get a reasonable amount of sleep before waking up at 5:30, but sometimes that doesn’t always happen. Luckily for me though, it did today!
There you have it: a typical day as a DC intern. If you’re looking to intern/work in DC in the future, let me know (and also I highly recommend it)!