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Seeking Metro tips for interns

It’s Intern Season in Washington, which means an influx of fresh faces joining locals on the region’s roads, rails and sidewalks during our commutes.

So we thought it’d be a good idea to once again offer tips and guidance for interns (or tourists) unfamiliar with Metro. Everyone knows the basic rules — on escalators, stand on the right and walk on the left; let people off before you board a train; don’t get off an escalator or go through a turnstile and just stand there — but we wanted to ask readers for your best suggestions.

Send us the things you think new Metro riders should know. Send in the things you wish someone would tell an intern, or something you wish someone would have told you when you first arrived. We’ll pick some of the best responses and publish them in a story alongside the usual tips we are required to give (because, seriously, if you get to the top of an escalator and just stop, you’re asking for trouble).

Share your suggestions in the comments below. You can also e-mail your tips to (make sure the subject line is Metro Tips and let us know your first name and location) or tweet tips with the hashtag #Metro4Interns.

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If you are an intern in town and you’re feeling lost, make sure to peruse Jenna Johnson’s archive of “THAT intern” posts.

Mark Berman covers national news for The Washington Post and anchors Post Nation, a destination for breaking news and stories from around the country.

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