We may be working 9-to-5 (or, in some cases, nights and weekends), but we’re still in Washington in the summer. It’s our job to have a little fun, too.
1) Grab a burger: Journalists will do just about anything for food. That’s why you shouldn’t be surprised that The Post is investigating the best burgers in the D.C. area. Yes, it counts as work even if you have ketchup on your face.
2) Free trip to the Newseum: Yes, I know what you’re thinking: Of course The Post intern wants to go to a museum about news! But I don’t care.
At the Newseum you can check out 14 permanent exhibits, stroll through a gallery of Pulitzer prize-winning photographs, inundate yourself with a ceaseless stream of headlines at the Great Hall of News and take a moment to remind yourself of the September 11 attacks in an exhibit dedicated to news coverage of the tragedy.
And if you are one of those people who likes to laugh at reporter bloopers on Youtube, you can anchor your own newscast and see if it’s as easy as you imagined.
You can forego the usual $21.95 ticket if you have an Interns Rock! wristband from the Washington Center (1333 16th St. NW). The wristband is free, as long as you can prove you are an intern, and it gets you a slew of deals through Sunday.
3) Revert to childhood: Sunday may be Father’s Day (did you remember to send a card home?), but on the National Mall, it’s all about the kids. The World Children’s Festival will take over between the Capitol building and the Lincoln Memorial. Although the activities are geared toward young’uns, I’m sure they wouldn’t turn away the big kids.
There will be plenty of musical performances, and it’s free, which is always a great thing on an intern salary.
4) Get out of the city: Since getting to Washington, I haven’t managed to leave the city (except for the time I got on the wrong bus and made an impromptu trip to Virginia). If the weather manages to stay nice and we can avoid the rain that the Capital Weather Gang is predicting, I fully intend to get to a waterfront this weekend.
I’m aiming for Annapolis and the City Dock, which continues its summer festival with some silly-sounding musical acts such as Muts Gone Nuts and Tiki and the Barbarians.
And if you’re like me and don’t have a car, you can still make the trip. The buses run on the weekend. Also, you could always rent a car for the day or sign up for Zipcar. Or you could attempt to endear yourself to a co-worker and mooch/borrow a car. If you really like them, invite them along.
5) Open bar at McFadden’s Irish Pub: Last week one of the other Post interns went to McFadden’s on Pennsylvania Avenue NW in the West End, entered a drawing and won an open bar for all of her friends! Let’s just say she has become the most popular person in the newsroom for the time being.
(I’m just waiting for one of the other interns to get into a bar fight a la new Twitter hero Sean Bean and steal the scene.)
On Friday night, McFadden’s will team up with breast cancer charity Save 2nd Base to offer a $10 open bar from 9 to 10 p.m. with $5 per guest going to the charity. So, for a little bit of cash, you, too, can be an office hero while supporting cancer research.
What are your plans for the weekend? Tell us in the comments section.
Bring on the weekend!