If you’re lucky enough to be in the nation’s capital for the summer, you no doubt always know that there are a million things for you to do.  Opportunities are endless in Washington, D.C. and in the short time you are an intern here, you need to try and take advantage of as much as possible.

Here are ten items to try and cross off your bucket list before you go back to school in the fall!


1) All the monuments

It is totally okay to be a little bit of a tourist while you’re here. Some people make entire cross-country trips just to see the monuments, so take advantage of what is right around you.  The monuments are great, whether you’re seeing them on a Saturday afternoon or a Tuesday after work.  Make it a game to see them all while you’re in town.

2) Speaker’s balcony

The notorious Speaker’s Balcony is a must-see for any Hill intern, but you should definitely put it on your intern bucket list no matter where you are working. It may take a couple connections to wrangle your way up there, but it will be well worth it, and make for an awesome new profile picture.

3) 4th of July Concert

Take advantage of the summer holidays while you’re in D.C. You’ll have the day off work for federal holidays, so there is no reason not to head towards the National Mall and take in the concert. A Capitol Fourth puts on a great show, and while it is broadcast on PBS, why not see it live?

4) Outdoor Movie Nights

All across D.C., Virginia, and Maryland, outdoor movie nights offer solace and quiet relaxation times from those busy internships and networking events. Outdoor movie nights happen throughout the week all summer, on Mondays and Thursdays and Fridays, depending on the location, and are a great way to catch a movie with a friend. Each location will usually choose a theme for the summer, whether it is recent movies or throwbacks or the 80s or Star Wars. Be sure to schedule them in!


5) Duck Donuts

This may stray from the typical Bucket List path, but Duck Donuts is a must-eat if you’re in the DC-Virgina-Maryland area. Their customizable cake-donuts are to die for, and they’ll keep you coming back for more. Who wouldn’t want bacon or coconut on a donut? You can find them in Rockville, MD, Arlington, VA, or Herndon, VA, all accessible by Metro or Marc, but they also have many other locations along the east coast.

6) The Hamilton

If you love a good meal, and founding father Alexander Hamilton, check out The Hamilton, a restaurant with a musical twist. Found on the corner of 14th and F, The Hamilton will leave you stuffed and happy. It’s also an ideal location for private parties.

7) Ford’s Theatre

If you’re a history buff or love the 16th president, you have to check out Ford’s Theatre. While the theatre is still alive and thriving with modern productions of Come From Away, A Christmas Carol, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, and Ragtime, it is also a popular historic site that features tours to take you back to the night when Lincoln was assassinated.

8) Holocaust Museum

If you’re looking for a D.C. visit that will leave you highly educated and deeply moved, head to the Holocaust Museum. The horrors of the Holocaust are still fresh in our minds and their displays, especially for children, are extremely educational and touching.


9) Newseum

If journalism is more your speed then check out the Newseum. It is fun, educational, and interactive. There are exhibits about 9/11 and the journalists trying to report something so heartbreaking and new, the 1966 Civil Rights Act, a Berlin Wall Gallery, and a special exhibit about First Dogs: American Presidents and Their Pets.  

Aryssa D
FFL Cabinet Member