This time last year I was sending in my final housing deposit to spend two months in Washington D.C. for the summer. I’m not very political and I live in New York so why I’ve always been drawn to the District is something I didn’t really understand. I had only been there once before, on a class field trip junior year of high school, but in only a matter of weeks I had been accepted into a program, hired for an internship, and was on my way to one of the best summers of my life.
I spent the summer making new friends from colleges across the country, and spending time with old friends who were also living the intern life. I ran around the national mall, experienced rush hour on the metro, and learned what it was really like to work 9-5. I spent Friday evenings in the sculpture garden listening to jazz music and sipping sangria, experienced the 4th of July in the nation’s Capitol, and went kayaking in the Potomac river. There are so many moments, big and small, that happened in Washington that I wish so badly I could relive over and over again.
If you’re reading this now and you’re thinking about moving to a city for a job or internship I urge you to consider Washington. Not political? That’s okay. I went to D.C. for a marketing internship. There’s so much to offer, not only in the city itself, but in the surrounding areas as well. Just a metro ride away from Virginia and Maryland, and a few hours on the bus from Philadelphia and New York City.
Being only 22, I know there is potential to live in many different cities in the years to come, but I am certain that Washington D.C. will be one of those cities, and I can’t wait for that day.