Strategic interns pack the essentials:

  • Host-office-specific attire.
  • Tutorials on software you will be using.
  • Calendar or planner.
  • Necessary items for weekend travel excursions.

Headed to Washington, DC? Check out this quick list for suggested packing and planning purposes:

Packing Checklist

  • Identification
  • Dress and leisure clothing
  • Linen (twin size sheets, mattress pads, blanket, pillows)
  • Towels
  • Personal hygiene supplies
  • Alarm clock
  • Toilet paper (for until you can buy some)
  • Camera
  • Portable music w/ headphones (for commute)
  • Reading material (for commute)
  • Swimsuit
  • Backpack
  • Cell phone (apartments do not have phones)

 Items in apartments:

  • Basic kitchen supplies like dishes, flatware, pans
  • Microwave
  • Television
  • Furniture/beds
  • Irons & ironing boards (you may have to share among the apartments)
  • Vacuums (shared between apartments)
  • Shades
  • Lamps
  • Refrigerator/dishwasher
  • Washer/dryer

 Money (DC is expensive, so it’s a good idea to have extra or reserve money)

  • Plan on about $5/day for commute to and from work
  • For meals (prepare own lunches and meals to save money)
  • For personal hygiene supplies
  • For touring and entertainment

View international travel resources here.

A strategic intern finds out everything he/she can about their host office before they start. The more an intern knows about the host office before entering on day 1, the better prepared he/she will be to hit the ground running. Study the organization's website to become familiar with the office's staff, mission statement, media, and current projects.

In addition, be sure to follow local, national, and international news to stay up-to-date on pertinent events that could have bearing on your work.