Intern Guide to Finding Housing in Washington, D.C.

Thank you for your interest in serving as an intern in my Washington, D.C., Anniston, or Opelika offices.

Our intern program is designed to offer select college students a hands-on opportunity to learn about the legislative process, as well as the operations of a Congressional office.

In Washington, D.C., interns are encouraged to follow the legislative activities of the House of Representatives and may attend hearings that are of particular interest. Responsibilities include research; answering constituent correspondence; attending hearings and briefings in specific legislative areas; assisting staff with tours of the U.S. Capitol Building; and answering phones, greeting visitors, and running miscellaneous errands.

In my Anniston or Opelika offices, students learn about the constituent advocacy process and the inside operations of a Congressional office. Responsibilities include verbal and written communication with constituents; handling requests from Washington and district staff members; research into federal government concerns; tracking and reading press clippings, and answering telephones and emails.

Applicants should be interested in government, have good writing and research skills, and be willing to work on a variety of activities both on your own and as part of a team. All applicants should possess excellent computer skills.

I believe internships offer students an enriching and rewarding opportunity to gain valuable work experience. Internships are awarded on an ongoing basis throughout the year, and last for as little as three weeks, or as long as three months depending on the needs of each applicant.

D.C. Internship Application Instructions

All D.C. office applicants must email a current resume, cover letter, and short (2-3) page writing sample related to current events or American political history to the intern coordinator by February, 12th 2016.  Students are welcome to submit a relevant paper or essay produced by them for a class as their writing sample. The intern coordinator will contact select applicants to schedule phone interviews with DC staff and a timed writing assignment. Applicants with ties to Alabama and the Third District are preferred.

Session Dates (please note your preferred sessions in your cover letter):

Forrest McConnell, Intern Coordinator
Fax: (202)226-8485

Deadline: February 12, 2016

·  Decision: March 11, 2016

·  Session 1: May 9 - June 3

·  Session 2: June 6 – July 1

·  Session 3: July 5 – July 29 

Intern Guide to Finding Housing in Washington, D.C.

A wide variety of housing is available throughout the Washington , D.C., Virginia and Maryland . Depending on where you live, and with how many people, housing costs may vary from the very expensive to less expensive. Many interns find these sites helpful:

American University
Summer Housing On-Campus/Off Campus Housing
Rockwood Building
4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington DC , 20016-8039
(202) 885-2669/(202) 885-3270
AU offers limited residence hall space from May 13 through August 12 with a four week minimum stay - $248/wk for double rooms, $300/wk single. Meals not included. Located at the intersection of Nebraska and Massachusetts Avenue . Transportation to downtown: City buses run every five minutes during rush hours and less frequently during non-rush hours. Free shuttle to subway (Tenleytown AU - Red Line) every fifteen minutes during Metro hours. You can also try The American University Off-Campus Housing Guide.

Catholic University of America
Summer Housing On-Campus
Housing and Residential Services, Saint Bonaventure Hall
Washington DC, 20064
(202) 319-5615
Located on the Red Line just two stops north of Union Station. Residence hall rooms are available from May 21 through August 6. Apartment-style accomodations, suites, traditional residence halls and detached units available with prices ranging from $25-$35/night - all are air-conditioned. 5% discount for stays over 30 days; 10% discount for stays over 74 days. Meals not included in above price. If you would like a meal plan, you can get one ranging from $46-$130/wk.

George Washington University
GW Housing Programs Summer & Conference
Housing The George Washington University
2129 Eye Street NW
John Quincy Adams House
Washington, DC 20052
(202)994-6730 fax
GW is located near the Foggy Bottom Metro stop (Orange/Blue Line)

Georgetown University
Summer Housing On-Campus/Off-Campus Housing Office

103 Harbin Hall
Washington DC , 20057
(202) 687-4560
Housing is available from May 27 through August 6 ( 5 week minimum). The campus is in Georgetown , one of Washington ’s most popular centers for shopping, restaurants, and nightlife. GU is not near a Metro stop, but city buses can get you to and from the nearest one (Foggy Bottom, Orange Line).

Georgetown Law Center
Office of Housing and Residence Life
120 F Street NW
Washington , DC 20001
(202) 662-9290
Located near Capitol Hill and Union Station, Georgetown Law Center offers individual bedrooms while sharing full kitchens and bathrooms with one or two other residents. Rates - one month stay starting May 29th is $1901.85. Two Months ending Aug 7th is $3487.70. Each apartment has a kitchen, bathroom, A/C. Access to fitness center, laundry, and free shuttle service.

Trinity College
Summer Housing On-Campus/Conference Office
125 Michigan Avenue, NE
Washington DC, 20017
(202) 884-9136
Trinity College has double rooms (with A/C) which can be rented as a single or a double. Rate is @225/wk for a 5 wk minimum stay. The campus is a 5-10 minute walk to the Brooklyn/Catholic University Metro Stop (Red Line).

The Washington Center (Gallaudet University)
Director of Student Life
1101 14th Street NW, Suite 500
Washington DC , 20005-5601
(202) 651-5551

Howard University
Office of Residential Life
2401 4th Street, NW
Washington DC , 20059
(202) 806-6131
Howard University offers summer housing within their dorms from June 1st through July 31st to interns working in the DC area.

The Young Women’s Christian Home
Thompson-Markwood Hall
235 Second Street , NE
Washington DC, 20002
(202) 546-3255
Located on Capitol Hill within walking distance of congressional offices, government agencies, and the Library of Congress, this residence offers housing for young women ages 18-34. They offer single, air-conditioned rooms with telephones and limited weekly maid service, with two multi-unit bathrooms located on each floor. Laundry facilities, a TV lounge, living room, library, and garden are also available to residents. For the protection of its residents, the home prohibits alcohol and drugs on the premise, as well as male guests above the lobby level. Rental rate is $800 a month, which includes breakfast and dinner, Monday-Saturday and a Sunday brunch.

The International Student House
1825 R Street, NW
Telephone (202) 232-4007
Located near Dupont Circle, this type of housing is privately run for American and international students. It provides dormitory style housing which includes educational, cultural and recreational activities for its residents. Residents also experience living with people from a variety of political, religious and cultural backgrounds. Residents must be 21. Monthly cost includes a shared room, breakfast and dinner for a price ranging from $860-$1300. Preference given to those staying for 3 months or longer.

Washington Intern Housing Network
WIHN provides upscale, fully-furnished urban living for interns and universities. Please view for rates and session dates information.

Public Transportation

Taking the Metro is a clean, inexpensive, and safe way to get around to Washington , D.C. Trains and buses run regularly to all parts of the city and region, and drop passengers right at the Capitol.

Driving To Work

While you can drive to the Capitol, you will not have an assigned parking space at work. Parking is generally a problem in the city, as street parking is scarce and garages cost approximately $10 or more per day. Traffic on Capitol Hill is usually quite heavy and difficult to navigate.

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