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A former Hill intern's secrets to success

Jenna Johnson

Michael Inacay interned for a California congressmember on the Hill from January until April. Inacay is from Los Angeles and graduated from California State University, Northridge, in 2009. Here is his advice for the next crew of interns:

Michael_Inacay.jpgWork hard. Even if you're given inane tasks, drop all expectations of what you think you should be doing and do everything they ask you to. You want to leave a great impression on your office and being a hard-working intern is the best way to do it.

Network. There are many events going on in D.C. every single day. Put yourself out there, meet new people, and try to maintain a dialogue with everyone you meet. You never know when these contacts may come in handy.  

Have fun. Assuming you're not from the area, take time to explore the city, take advantage of your youth and just cut loose. You'll soon learn many of the staffers you come across not only work hard, they play hard - all in moderation, of course.

And finally, when all else fails, fake it 'til you make it!  

By Jenna Johnson  |  May 26, 2010; 10:00 AM ET
Categories:  D.C. Interns  | Tags: Internships  
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