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Interns: Avoid happy hour embarrassments

Jenna Johnson

Today's guest bloggers are twin sisters Natasha Rosenstock and Lani Rosenstock.

When you go to happy hours with people from your office, you must follow our "Five Rules for a Successful Happy Hour."

Rule Number 1
Stick to one, maybe two, drinks so you won't embarrass yourself. Know your limits. Some women should have only one drink or no drinks.

Rule Number 2
Be friendly and listen. Sometimes knowing behind-the-scenes politics can help you differentiate between an unpleasant sentiment directed at you or someone who has had their buttons pushed by a competitive colleague.

Rule Number 3
Ask your colleagues more about their current positions, how your project(s) fits into the organization's overall strategy and goals and how they got started in your industry.

Rule Number 4
Don't forget to ask the magic question: What is the best way for YOU to get started? Tell them your interests, even outside of their company, and they may be able to steer you to the right person.

Rule Number 5
Never forget that Washington is a small town. Do not gossip about anyone or agree that someone is a terrible supervisor, slimy politician, etc... Stick to discussing the projects of the gossip subject -- all public and factual information.

About Lani and Natasha
Natasha Rosenstock, is a freelance writer in Potomac. Lani Rosenstock Inlander is chief stylist and owner of Real Life Style who lives in Washington and New York.

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By Jenna Johnson  |  August 4, 2010; 10:42 AM ET
Categories:  D.C. Interns , Networking , Night Life  | Tags: Internships  
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