To the Interns:
Just as a Capitol Hill office would not be complete without interns, Hill Navigator would not have a column without interns seeking advice about how to succeed in Washington.
Each internship is a job interview unto itself — a chance to work hard and prove yourself indispensable. It’s one of the best ways to land a paid, full-time job, and some consider interning a rite of passage in the journey of becoming a true staffer.
But too many people have misconceptions about interns, and reduce them to punchlines of jokes. Hill Navigator has personally worked with some outstanding Capitol Hill interns. Yes, there was the occasional knucklehead, but more often than not, these are young people getting their first professional experience in the high-energy setting of a congressional office.
So rather than dedicating a column to lambasting the interns for standing on the wrong side of the metro escalators and wearing their ID badges to the Hawk ‘n’ Dove, we want to help. That’s why we put together Roll Call’s first ever e-book. We’ve collected information about the best ways to succeed while interning, and how to turn that internship into a full-time paid position on Capitol Hill or in Washington.