A Typical Week

An intern's week is a full one. It includes a four or four-and-one half day internship, a three-hour class, various events, plus commuting, socializing, and personal errands. There's enormous variety in schedules, but our interns tell us your five-day week might look something like this:


7:00 AM

Finish brief paper for presentation in class this evening

11:45 AM

Commute to Foggy Bottom Station on Metro (Orange and Blue Lines)

12:15 PM

Brown bag lunch on steps of National Gallery; view latest exhibit (free)

3:00 - 5:00 PM

Attend Presidential Lecture Series to hear the French Ambassador to the United States at Department of the Interior auditorium.

5:30 PM

Take-out dinner with interns from class

6:30 - 9:30 PM

Attend weekly class session, "Nonprofit and Public Policy," with Professor Aaron Heffron; lead discussion on research topic

9:45 PM

Commute to Virginia on Metro (Orange and Blue Lines)

10:15 - 11:00 PM

Review briefing papers for next day's lobbying meeting


7:00 AM

Prepare for work at internship site, Citizens for Global Solutions

8:15 AM

Commute to Eastern Market Station on Metro (Orange and Blue Lines)

8:45 AM

Arrive at Eastern Market, grab coffee before heading to office

9:00 AM

Check office email account, wrap up remaining tasks from last work day

10:00 AM

Staff meeting to catch up on individual assignments, upcoming events, and determine priority of collective projects

11:00 AM

Update membership databases with new member information

11:15 AM

Draft language and begin updating portions of website

12:00 PM

Lunch with intern supervisor at local restaurant

1:00 PM

Depart for a Partnership for Effective Peacekeeping (PEP) coalition meeting with representatives from Refugees International, BASIC, et al. at the Center for Strategic and International Studies; travel by Metro to McPherson Square (Orange and Blue Lines)

3:00 PM

Depart for lobbying visit concerning the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW); meet legislative assistant to Senator John Warner (R-VA) on Capitol Hill along with representatives from Amnesty International, Better World Campaign, et al.

4:00 PM

Return to Eastern Market office to check email and complete outstanding projects

5:00 PM

Close of work day; leave for dinner with other Citizens for Global Solutions interns by Metro (Red Line) for Dupont Circle

8:00 PM

Return to apartment in Virginia on Metro (Orange and Blue Lines); relax with roommates and prepare for next work day

7:00 AM 5:00 PM

Commute and handle job responsibilities (see above)

5:15 - 8:00 PM

Go shopping with friends at White Flint Mall

8:30 -10:00 PM

Fix dinner and relax with roommates

7:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Commute and handle job responsibilities (see above)

12:15 PM - 2:00 PM

At unexpected invitation of agency supervisor, lunch with an out-of-town visitor who came to be briefed on subject researched by intern

2:00 - 5:00 PM

Complete day's work
After hours - Take a three-mile run along the Potomac, then join friends for casual dinner and live music in Georgetown

7:00 AM 5:00 PM

Commute and handle job responsibilities (see above)

11:00 - 1:00 PM

As result of Thursday's briefing, asked to brief a legislative director to the governor of a state on a state-related issue

1:15 PM 1:45 PM

Quick brown bag lunch in office-suite break room

2:00 - 5:00 PM

Edit last website changes and launch new pages.
After hours - Meet friends for dinner, then a free concert at nearby George Mason University


CFGU Alumni