When finding out my internship would start remotely, I was pretty bummed, but within a few days of working from home I realized it isn’t so bad. While I would prefer to go into the office, interact with my collogues, and get the full D.C. experience, commuting to the couch sure is a lot easier than using the Metro. Here are some ways I have embraced a remote internship.
- Cohort Bonding – With these unfortunate times, it comes as no surprise that many of my fellow interns are also working via the Buchanan Apartments. We have found different ways to make working from our living rooms, a little more bearable. Sometimes we work outside enjoying this beautiful D.C. Weather or venture to each other’s apartments for a little change of scenery. We are spending a little more time together than expected, but I know great friendships will come of it.
- Casual Work Attire – Probably one of the best perks of working remotely is being able to wear a much more relaxed wardrobe. For the occasional zoom meeting, I pull out the business professional clothes, but I bet my house shoes didn’t expect to get this much fame in the big city.
- I’ll Never Go Hungry – This may not be the healthiest perk, but my kitchen is only a few steps away from my office. I always have my snacks available, and I never have to worry about finding something to eat while working because I’ll just whip something up in my apartment.
- There is Still Plenty to Explore – Even though I don’t see much of D.C. during the workday, there is still so much to do and see when off the clock. Thankfully, D.C. is still functioning and us interns can explore the city and enjoy the sites. Whether it is a monument, a park, or a must try restaurant, it is exciting to take in all D.C. has to offer.
We are living in a pretty interesting time, where learning to adapt has become a part of our everyday lives. I am so grateful my internship was able to be adapted to a remote format. It is not completely ideal for what I expected out of my internship experience, but it has been nice to embrace the unique opportunity. How will you embrace your next unique challenge?
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Washington, D.C. | fall 2020