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iPhone apps every Hill intern should have

Jenna Johnson

Interns, let's face it: Many of you really don't know much about Washington.

Luckily, there's an app for that. Actually, 10 apps.

24853_1265196947137_1146150898_31438634_3101870_n.jpgGuest blogger Elizabeth Rowe, a Georgetown rising junior and the campus news editor at The Hoya student newspaper, put together a list of apps to make your transition to the District a little easier and a lot more fun.

This application is an invaluable tool for Hill interns. For your 99-cents, you receive a photo directory of Congress that includes a wealth of information on any given senator or representative, ranging from campaign news to donors to contact information. (99 cents)

NextBus D.C.
D.C. isn't a great city to drive in, particularly for interns who are unfamiliar with traffic circles and a grid system that is inexplicably intersected (seemingly at random) by diagonal streets named after states. So buses are a great option. This application displays real-time arrival predictions for buses in the district, and also provides route maps and bus stop locations. ($1.99)

NextTrain D.C. Metro Similarly, a little extra help navigating the metro might come in handy this summer. NextTrain D.C. Metro provides arrival time information, allows users to bookmark favorite stations and access directions for walking to any given D.C. Metro station. (99 cents)

Does your boss talk too quickly? Are you given long verbal lists of tasks to complete, and then struggle to recall all of them? iTalk is a voice recording application that lets you discreetly record instructions, interviews and whatever else you might want to save. The user interface is simple and intuitive, making you less likely to press the wrong button and lose your recording. (Free)

Political GPS
Want to know more about members of Congress and their legislative history? This application allows you to view legislation and their respective histories of action, as well as Congressional voting records for each bill. (99 cents)

Presidents Afficionado
This application will test your knowledge of every U.S. President who has ever served, helping you brush up on executive branch trivia likely to wow those you work with. (99 cents)

Weather Channel
You need to know what the weather will be like. And while not D.C.-specific, if you do not already own this application, you should download it. Users can view hour-by-hour weather forecasts, enabling them to better predict the meteorological events in their lives. (Free)

Political junkies look to Politico for up-to-date news on goings-on in Washington. This application will keep you current on the White House, Congress, various lobbying organizations and political campaigns. (Free)

Democrats vs Republicans: Tic Tac Toe
Do you need a civilized way to settle your debate over the merits of the healthcare bill with the intern across the hall? Put the argument to rest with a round of partisan tic tac toe. (99 cents)

Political Terms
Sometimes it can seem like politicians (and in the case of this summer, your boss) are speaking their own language. And so when said politicians throw around terms like "accountable autonomy", you're going to want to know what they're talking about, or at least be able to discreetly look them up. (99 cents)

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By Jenna Johnson  |  May 24, 2010; 9:54 AM ET
Categories:  D.C. Interns  | Tags: Internships  
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Tea Party thwarting -- there's an app for that.

Posted by: bs2004 | May 24, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

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