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February 12, 2016

The Interns Are Coming! The Interns Are Coming!

It’s that time of year again. The start of those long, swampy months when true Washingtonians trudge into offices, swipe at mosquitoes and rely on interns to pick up their slack. That’s right, everyone. The interns are coming.

Don’t worry: We’re definitely not rewarding them for a few months of tedium with a livable wage, but they do get InternsRock and a whole week of appreciation through citywide discounts.

June 7-16, newly arrived interns can make their way to events across D.C. that will celebrate their arrival with several “meet and greets” and contests around the city. Interns should also register for a free key-tag, which will get them discounted Nationals baseball tickets, lower rate Vida Fitness gym memberships and discounts at more than 60 bars, shops and restaurants around D.C. for the entire summer.

Intern Appreciation Week will kick off with a June 7 “meet and greet” at BlackFinn DC and Town’s Tavern and a “Welcome to the Jungle” party at the Sign of the Whale. On June 10 there will be another gathering at McFadden’s Restaurant and Saloon. These drinking holes boast specials such as $3 brews and all-you-can-drink times. There will also be special intern nights in bars across the city.

Lord, help us: The interns may be arriving as a fresh-faced swarm, but they’ll be a drunken mob pretty dang quickly.

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  • Dirk Diggler

    Too bad the Republican majority has made working on the Hill even more unrewarding than in previous years. Cut staff, committee staff, budgets, crack down on the occasional reception where an intern can get a free drink and a mini burger, – ah, life is sweet on the Hill. I think the GOP motto is “doing less with less”, as they pressure staff to work harder with less resources, press interns into doing full time staff jobs: that’s really serving constituents well Mr. Boehner and Dr. Coburn. Every staffer exiting complains. Then they’ll have some silly committee to retain staffers as anyone with expertise heads for the exits.

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