An Intern’s Guide to Georgetown

As year-round Washingtonians know, it’s that time of year again. Eager young interns have arrived 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. GM publishes the below crash course for interns each year, so here’s the 2013 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:

The Safeway should be on your weekly checklist. You can load up on groceries without going totally broke. For some variety, go to the Whole Foods up in Glover Park sometimes, or the Trader Joe’s in the West End. Or you could sign up for Car2Go and head out to Costco at Pentagon City to really make your dollar go far.

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.

Georgetown also has six different Capital Bikeshare stations around the neighborhood. The best thing about bikeshare is that unlike riding your own bike, you don’t have to worry about getting the bike home at night. You can ride to work in the morning, then go out drinking as interns are wont to do and you can walk or take a cab home.

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 Rhino Bar really are.

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

Rent a Boat – The old Jack’s Boat House on K St. below Key Bridge (now called the Key Bridge Boat House) 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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  1. To Learn (about Georgetown):
    Visit Peabody Room, the special collections of Georgetown neighborhood history, located on the 3rd floor of the Georgetown Branch Library, 3260 R Street, NW (corner of Wisconsin Avenue). Open Monday and 2nd & 4th Saturday, 9:30-5:30 and Thursday 1-9. (202) 727-0233

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