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As sweater weather turns into sundress and flip-flop season, it’s a great time to pull out those Lilly planners and start preparing for summer. If you’re looking for a summer internship, there are three different categories to consider while weighing your options and submitting applications.
1) The political internship in D.C.
If you’re interested in politics, what better way to get your foot in the door than to head straight to Washington, D.C.? If you’re not from the DC area, this requires some research and planning to figure out housing and living expenses. Many internships offer discounted housing or will pay a stipend to help cover costs.
If you’re still in college, interning for your representative or senator on Capitol Hill is a great way to meet people who may help you get a job in politics after you graduate. Check out websites such as internsdc.com for special rates for intern housing near Capitol Hill. George Washington University also offers affordable summer housing in Foggy Bottom and Mount Vernon areas.
While considering a summer internship in D.C., keep in mind the commitment. It can be an amazing opportunity to jumpstart your career in politics, but you will not have as much time to hang out with your hometown friends or take extended beach vacations. If you are seriously considering life in D.C. after college, it is a great place to meet new friends and people with similar interests. Keep all of this in mind while considering the political internship in D.C.
2) The local internship near your school or hometown
Want to stay close to home but still complete an internship? Check out opportunities with your local government and businesses. Many state governments offer internship programs and will help place you somewhere that interests you.
After my sophomore year in college, I went through my state’s internship program and got placed in the jury commissioner’s office at a courthouse five minutes from home. It was a great opportunity and helped me figure out that law school was not for me. Since it’s generally less of an investment to stay close to home, local internships are an easy way to learn more about your community and local government. The benefits involve less financial risk. You’ll also still be able to enjoy an area you’re familiar with and enjoy quality time with friends and family. This is convenient if you’re still an underclassmen looking for your very first internship and don’t mind going unpaid.
3) The experiment internship
If you learn by doing and still need to narrow down your career focus, it can be a great idea to get an internship in a different field. If you’re a younger student then you still have plenty of time to figure out what you want to do. Hands-on experience is valuable and a well-rounded resume with different skill sets is attractive to employers. As a student, you’ll want to get as many different experiences as possible before you settle. Don’t rule out traveling if that’s an option. Many schools offer summer programs abroad that allow you to intern in a different country while experiencing a new culture. The university helps with the logistics so it’s less of a burden to plan and finance.