As much as I would have loved to be able to write about Hoover Dam or the casinos on the Strip, I am currently living in Washington, D.C., which makes it impossible for me to shoot video of anything related to Las Vegas. However, as per the time I have spend living in this city, I have come to some knowledge on how it works and I believe it is imperative for me to pass that little bit of knowledge onto others, especially those who dream of coming to the east coast to work or intern.
Washington, D.C. is a most fantastic city for everyone, not only in the U.S., to visit. Throughout the city, there is a feeling of history and historical importance with its monuments and government buildings, but it also provides a modern and even cosmopolitan feel with all its shops and bars.
Although you may think that happy hours (something D.C. is famous for) are reason enough to come, go ahead. However, D.C. has much more to offer to young people in terms of professional advancement.
Yet, people must be aware that opportunities for professional advancement in the city, which include internships, are not limited to work with congress people, rather, there are a myriad of opportunities for those who want to live in Washington.
For instance, people could intern at think tanks, such as The Brookings Institute, or international organizations such as the World Bank or the International Monetary Fund, lobbying firms, political consulting firms, etc.
Whatever a person’s professional desire or interests, they can find it in Washington, D.C. However, as much as there is opportunity, there is a lot of competition, therefore, it is important that people willing to intern are able and willing to compete with everyone else, especially if they have hopes for the internship to turn into a job.
However, everyone who moves out here will experience one of the most expensive cities. It will be a bit of a shock for most Nevadans to move to D.C. and see that rent for a shoebox apartment is going to cost them an arm and a leg.
And although Nevadans will think that the usage of a public transportation system will save them some money since they won’t have to have a car, well … they must think again, as the public transportation in D.C. is one of the most expensive in the country.
People in the district pay by the distance, not by the fare and must pay additional charges if they have to transfer trains or use it during rush hour. The worst of it is that it is even more expensive to own a car as it represents a huge expense in terms of insurance, payment, gas and parking surcharges, which are enormous. Not only that, but if people live in Northern Virginia and commute, they must pay an additional tax to own a car in that state.
Not to badmouth Washington, D.C., but it is best for Nevadans to come prepared for the weather. Obviously, living in the desert, many Las Vegans don’t think there is anything worse than July in the middle of the dessert. I tend to disagree. True, Washington is not hot, per se, but it is humid, making people feel like they are boiling inside a steaming pot.
As far as my weeks here have gone though, I must allude to the fact that when people are here, they don’t care for negatives, and lets face it, every city has some. Instead, people focus on the beauty that Washington represents and how life here provides a much higher standard of living in terms of culture.