Here’s what to bring, the intern dress code, how to get here, get around DC and what to see. This guide will walk you through all you can expect and what you should prepare for. You’ll arrive in Washington ready to be one of the most prestigious interns in the world and make the most of your semester in our Capitol. Welcome to DC!Have a question? Contact us!
Business attire is a must for most work places. We have 4 seasons, and temperature ranges from hot and steamy in the summer to snow days in the winter. Dress for the right season.
Professional Business Attire
Men – Suit pants, jacket, dress shirts, tie and brown/black dress socks and dress shoes
Women – Dress pants, dresses or skirts, suit jacket, blouses and brown /black hose and dress shoes
Casual Business Attire
Men –Khaki pants, dress/polo shirt and brown/black dress socks and shoes
Women – Khaki pants or skirt, a nice top or neat sweater and neutral dress shoes
Typically, interns are required to wear business clothes to work, but allow for days off and nightlife in your wardrobe.
Casual Fridays/Dress Down Days
Many offices have dress down Fridays.
This can often mean that polo shirts and khaki pants or jeans are permitted in the office, but always, always confirm with your supervisor.
After hours dressing is more casual, so bring a range of wardrobe options.
When staying with us, all residences are equipped with kitchen gear: microwaves, dishes, pots and pans, etc. No need to bring that with you.
Wi-Fi is free and it works.
Here’s more about what to bring:
Bedding: Bring a full set of linens: pillows, blankets, sheets, and towels.
Clothes hangers: Most students leave their hangers behind, some don’t. If there aren’t any, it’s easy to pick some up when you get here.
Clothes: Sweat pants for study, formal suit for impressing, dress shirts or blouses, dress shoes and walking shoes. (You’ll be doing a lot of that) Bring designer gear for dining out.
Electronic Devices: Laptop? Check. Smartphone? Double check. Beyond this essential tech, all WISH housing includes free Wi-Fi and features flat screen TVs in the communal areas.
If you have a special request, call the office.
The Metro system is amazing here. It’s clean, easy to navigate and will get you anywhere.
National Airport (DCA) is the closest airport. There is a Metro stop on the Blue/Yellow lines connected to the airport, which you can take to Union Station, which is about a 3-block walk to the WISH office for check-in. Too much baggage? It’s around a 6-mile drive in a taxi from this airport to the WISH office, typically costing less than $25. Or you could always catch a ride using Uber or Lyft.
Dulles International Airport (IAD) – 30 miles west of DC, this is a good second option, although the drive in takes between 40 – 60 minutes.
SuperShuttle can be a more affordable alternative to a taxi, although it does take longer. You’ll find a SuperShuttle boarding area on the lower level of Dulles Airport
If you don’t mind the bus, there’s a Silver Line Express that takes you to the Silver Line Metro, from where you can travel on to the Metro Center, then transfer to the Red Line to Union Station. Another bus option is the Washington Flyer Express, although it’s the least convenient of the four.
Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI) is located 25 miles northeast of DC, about an hour’s drive from downtown DC. Taxis cost $50-80 – agree on a price before setting off. There are SuperShuttle buses into DC every 30 minutes daily from 6:00am – 11:30pm, costing around $45 one-way. For a cheaper alternative, take a train from BWI Airport, either the frequent peak hour departures of the MARC commuter line (check website for schedules and fares) or a daily Amtrak train. These services take 35-40 minutes and arrive at Washington’s Union Station where you’ll find taxis lined up and ready to roll.
If you are taking Amtrak, the closest station is Union Station, which is also a major hub on the Metro Red Line. This stop is just 3 blocks from the WISH office for check-in.
It’s best to leave the car behind. If you find on-street parking, make sure you read and understand the signs explaining the zone and length of time allowing for free parking (if applicable).