An Intern’s Guide to Georgetown – 2010 Update

As year-round Washingtonians know, it’s getting close to that time of year again. Eager young interns will soon be arriving in earnest droves to fill those couple inches on their resumes between their GPAs and their “other interests”. Many of these interns will be drawn to live and/or play in Georgetown. The below crash course for interns was published last year, GM thinks it’s about time for an update:

To Live:

Even in the boom times, interns don’t get paid much. And these ain’t the boom times. So you’re probably living on little to no pay. Can you afford to live in Georgetown? Maybe. But you’ll have to look hard. You’re young, so you probably can’t even remember a time before Craigslist, so no need mention that. But there are other places to look too. The City Paper still has decent listings, but for the short term rentals that you’re probably looking for you may try off campus housing listings like you’ll find here. Good luck.

To Eat:

Well we used to have a supermarket. No more. If you don’t have a car or can’t bum a ride from a friend, you should explore grocery delivery services. Safeway is giving us free delivery right now if you enter this code when you order more than $50: “FREE642”. Safeway is back! (In GM’s opinion the “social” reputation has been lost to the Glover Park Whole Foods, but maybe a summer of social interns will change that.) Come and see all the new offerings in this now-mega store.

Or you could eat Qdoba every night. It’s up to you.

Also, you’ll get pressure to eat some cupcakes. Try to act like a local and go to Baked and Wired instead of Georgetown Cupcake. There’s no line, and they’re better.

To Work:

There are over twelve bus lines that go through Georgetown. They all come pretty frequently, particularly during rush hour. The main crosstown corridors are Q St. to Dupont and M St. to Foggy Bottom. Get yourself a Smartrip Card and put on about $70 month and you’ll be set.

Also popular is the Blue Bus that goes between Dupont and Rosslyn. It’s only a buck, and while they don’t take Smartrips, if you show one you’ll get 50 cents off the fare.

Hell, we may finally get that SmartBike station soon and you can bike there. (Smartbike is still no closer to arriving, sadly).

To Play:

GM doubts you need much advice from some 30-something where to find intern-friendly bars. You’ll find them. The only advice GM has on that account is to branch out from Georgetown. Get out to 14th st. or H St. at least a couple times this summer. One fun night at Rock and Roll Hotel and you’ll finally realize how awful bars like Third Edition really are.

Beyond booze, there’s plenty of fun stuff to do in Georgetown. Check out these ideas:

Rent a Boat – When it’s not the site of a massive sustained fireball, Jack’s Boat House on K St. below Key Bridge will rent you a canoe or kayak for a cheap price. Grab a picnic and head over to Roosevelt Island for lunch sometime.

Play Some Sports – There are tennis courts all over Georgetown. Try Volta Park (34th and Q), Rose Park (27th and O), or Montrose Park (Avon Pl. and R). The Rose Park courts are definitely the best, but they’re also the most crowded. The Volta courts are less crowded but not nearly as nice. The Montrose Park courts are terrible, but you may have the best luck getting on the court. Beyond tennis, Volta Park and Rose Park both have basketball courts and small ballfields. Finally, go to Volta Park to cool off in the pool.

Hang out – The new Georgetown Waterfront Park is a great place to spend an afternoon. Bring a book and a Frisbee and spend a few hours here. Also, make sure to stop by Dumbarton Oaks at least once this summer.

To Read:

Of course you should read the Georgetown Metropolitan for all your Georgetown news. But since you probably don’t know what an ANC is, you may want to branch out to the links on the right for other Georgetown and DC blogs. DCist is a must.



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2 responses to “An Intern’s Guide to Georgetown – 2010 Update

  1. Jonthan

    The Volta Pool is only open to Washington DC residents with a valid DC ID.

    Temporary residents should please cool off elsewhere, like the Hilton.

  2. Frances

    Sorry, Georgetown Cupcakes are much better than B&W! Try both for yourself and decide 🙂

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