Intern tips on life in D.C.
Nikki Roberti was a multimedia intern for the Scripps Howard Foundation Wire in the District this spring. Nikki is a rising-senior journalism major at Appalachian State University. (She was also one of the first interns featured on Campus Overload.) Here's her advice for the next wave of D.C. interns:
Bring your own cloth bags. They charge you 5-cents for each plastic one here.
Go out and see the town! I had the best time with other interns just walking around Dupont Circle late at night one evening. We discovered the coolest bookstores and coffeehouses I've ever seen.
DO NOT get a fake ID. Bad idea. Suck it up if you're not 21. Yeah, it's not fair. But why jeopardize your amazing internship for one night of fun?
Get some sleep! I did not sleep much one week and it ruined my mojo. Coffee is definitely not a substitute for sleep and it made me jittery on top of being sleepy, so doing work was never that great of a thing.
Eat cheap and eat at home. I made an amazing vegetarian chili that served about 10 people for maybe five bucks. Don't eat out every day because you'll be poor, fat and groggy.
Do the free stuff! You live in a city filled with culture. You don't have to spend big bucks to go out and have a good time. See the zoo. Visit the museum. Enjoy live music!
Be safe and wise. Girls, don't listen to your iPods when walking alone late at night. It's easier for people to blindside you. It may sound ridiculous but having pepper spray is a great precaution when you're alone in the dark. Just because you're independent girls, doesn't mean you're allowed to be stupid. Be safe.
Learn how to run up and down an escalator. You'll need it, trust me. Plus it's great exercise.
Are you a D.C. internship veteran? Do you have words of wisdom to share with the next generation of interns? E-mail me, and you might be featured as our next former intern.
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