Washington D.C. Professional Enrichment Academy

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Housing

Summer housing in D.C. can lead to a lot of stress if you wait until the last minute. Housing is often in high demand and books up early. We have curated a map of housing, Metro Stops, and places of interest for your reference. Additional resources and information can be found below.

American University

American University is located in one of Washington, D.C.’s northwest residential areas and is just minutes by bus, cab, Metro, or car from most famous sites. American University offers a free shuttle service that connects the university to the Metro Red Line at the Tenleytown-AU station.

All rooms offer free linens, pillows, towels and blankets, and are Wi-Fi and cable ready. Also included is campus wide wireless internet access, complimentary access to the fitness center, an on campus convenience store, Zipcar located on campus, and complimentary shuttle service. For further information go here.

Summer housing is available from early May to mid-August. A six week minimum stay is required, and pricing increases the later you apply. Cost is generally around $400/wk. Online applications generally open in February.

Catholic University Housing

The Catholic University of America is located in northeast Washington, D.C. It is only three miles north of the U.S. Capitol and is served by the Metro Red Line at the Brookland/CUA Station which is right next to campus.

Housing is safe and secure with card access-only exterior doors. Interns have access to the on campus convenience store, the laundry facilities (no additional costs), cable, and campus wide Wi-Fi. All traditional style residence halls have study areas, a shared kitchenette, vending machines, and lounges with televisions available.  Summer meal plans and parking permits are available for purchase. For further information go here.

Summer housing is available from May 13, 2018 – August 5, 2018. A 30 night minimum stay is required. Cost is $35 - $40 /night. Prices do not include linens. To register, follow this link.

Gallaudet University

Gallaudet is the world’s only university designed to be barrier-free for deaf and hard of hearing students. It is situated in northeast Washington, D.C. Gallaudet provides a free shuttle bus to Union Station or the Gallaudet Metro Stop (Red Line) just blocks away. There are also Capital Bikeshare and Zipcar stations on campus.

Gallaudet offers visitor housing based on a first-come, first-serve basis. After interns send in their registration, they will be contracted with more information. If there is availability, further instructions regarding payment will be provided. Gallaudet offers each guest a twin-XL bed, student desk and chair, a closet/wardrobe, and a dresser. They do not provide items such as toiletries or personal care items, refrigerators, or microwaves. For more information go here. To complete the registration form, go here.

Georgetown University

Located on a hilltop that overlooks the Potomac River, the Georgetown campus is roughly 8 miles away from the Capitol building and can be accessed via Metro, bus, bike, or car. The University is located near many cultural and social activities in a vibrant semi-urban atmosphere. Georgetown does not have direct access to a Metro line, but they provide campus shuttles to the Rosslyn and Dupont Stations. Rosslyn is on the blue, orange, and silver lines and Dupont is on the red line.

All guests will say in one of the Georgetown apartments or townhouse units. Many of the on-campus residential facilities have been fully renovated in the past few years. All spaces have free WiFi. For more information go here.

Summer housing is available from late May to early August. A minimum of 4 weeks is required. Interns are charged on a weekly basis beginning on Sundays (regardless of the check-in or checkout day). Rates for a double occupancy room is $400/wk for less than 7 weeks and $368/wk for 7 weeks or greater. 

George Washington University

Located downtown in the historic Foggy Bottom district, interns are located in the heart of D.C. and are just minutes away from most locations.

George Washington University offers 7 different types of housing options for interns. All residence halls are furnished with a twin-xl size bed, desk and chair, closet or wardrobe, refrigerator and microwave, internet, cable, and telephone service, and coin operated laundry during the summer. Gym memberships, monthly parking passes, and library access are available. For more information look here.

Housing reservations are available from May 27, 2018 – August 11, 2018. Reservations are booked by week with a 7-week minimum. The cost range is between $250-$400 per week. There is also a $150 Admin Fee. Start the reservation process here.

Howard University College Hall

Howard University College Hall is located ten minutes away from the heart of downtown, is close to public transportation, and is near a multitude of monuments, museums, and government offices.

Community amenities include 24 hour lounges, access to Zipcar, laundry facilities, cable, WiFi, and more. For more information look here.

Housing is generally available from late May to late July. Rates are $55 a night for single occupancy, weekly linen service is $20 per week, and other services are $25 per week. For more information on the summer housing program head here.

Thompson-Markwad Hall

Thompson-Markwad Hall is a temporary residence hall for young women. It is located right on Capitol Hill, just steps away from the Senate office buildings. Residents receive their own room, breakfast and dinner, and a private garden to share with other residents.

Major meals are included in the cost of room and board. There is breakfast daily, with brunch on Saturday and Sunday, and dinner Sunday through Friday. Hot and cold drinks, a microwave, and a toaster are available to residents throughout the day and evening.  Coin operated laundry is available, and irons and ironing boards are provided on each floor. There is a recreation room, fitness room, computer room, and more. For more information go here.

Room and Board is $34 per night for reservations 30 days and longer. This rate includes utilities, local calls, wireless internet, and major meals. Reservations are accepted for a minimum of two weeks and a maximum of two years. To apply, go here.

Washington Intern Student Housing – WISH

All WISH intern housing is in the Historic District just steps from the Capitol, National Mall, and Federal buildings. Housing is also near the Metro.

Interns can choose from a classic Row House of Condo on their two campuses. WIFI, Cable, laundry, and utilities are all included. Rooms are furnished and kitchen equipment is provided. For more information, go here.

Rates are per person, per session, and include all amenities. All WISH events are free for residents. Apply here.

The Washington Intern Housing Network – WIHN

With WIHN Housing, interns have the choice of living in fully furnished row homes and condo properties. They have locations throughout Washington, D.C. from Capitol Hill to downtown. Rates include all utilities, high-speed internet, taxes and fees. Apply here.


Transportation to D.C.

By Plane

Washington D.C. is served by three primary airports – Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA), Dulles International Airport (IAD), and Baltimore-Washinton International Airport (BWI). Reagan is roughly 20 minutes from downtown, Dulles is about 45 minutes, and Baltimore-Washington is about 1 hour from downtown. From DCA, interns can take the Metro directly into the city. BWI offers a shuttle to the nearest Amtrak station, which interns can then ride into D.C. Travelling from Dulles is a substantial drive.

By Train:

Amtrak is a convenient way to get into D.C. if you are traveling from the East Coast corridor or enjoy a leisurely trip. Trains come into Union Station, a centrally located and easy to navigate transit hub. Metro trains (Red) depart from Union Station regularly and taxis are readily available to get you to your next destination.

By Bus:

Buses are a low-cost travel option that many younger travelers enjoy. Most buses arrive and depart from Union Station.


Transportation Within D.C.

Metro (subway/bus)

Washington has an incredibly efficient Metro system. The Metrorail system has six color-coded rail lines: Red, Orange, Silver, Blue, Yellow, and Green. You will recognize Metro stations by the black pole with colored stripes and distinctive “M” marking. The layout of the system makes it possible to travel between any two stations with no more than a single transfer. There are plenty of stops, it is not expensive, and it’s usually faster than taking a cab. The best Metro stop for accessing Capitol Hill is Capitol South (Red Line) or Union Station (Blue Line).

The bus system runs throughout the city. To find a stop, look for the red, white, and blue signs. The Circulator specifically runs through Georgetown, downtown, the National Mall, and more. Circulator buses arrive every 10 minutes.

You can purchase individual paper tickets or SmarTrip cards at any station, including unlimited daily or weekly passes. Getting a SmarTrip card is a good idea if you are planning to take the Metrorail or bus a lot. SmarTrip card users get the lowest fares. The card itself is plastic and fits in your wallet just like a credit card. Because Metro calculates fare based on distance, there is no set rate. There are free apps designed to help you find stops, check for delays, and more. Be advised that charges are higher during “peak” fare time. Also, keep in mind that the Metro closes at midnight on weekdays and 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. Finally, it is illegal to eat and drink on the metro – and the $50 fine is enforced.

Biking:

Having a bicycle in Washington is a great alternative to public transport. If you do not want to buy a bike, consider using Capital Bikeshare. For a low fee you can rent a bike, ride it to your destination, and return it to any of their over 300 hundred stations around the city.

Uber/Lyft/Hailo/Taxis

Uber, Lyft, and Hailo are popular options to get around D.C. by car. Taxis are widely available and are easy to flag down in popular areas. It is a good idea to look up a cab company and put their number in your phone if you plan to be out late at night, as you will have a hard time finding an empty cab later in the evening.

Parking:

Parking can be difficult but is not impossible. Most locals use the Metro to commute, but parking garages are available throughout most of the city. Be advised that parking near the National Mall is extremely limited and quite expensive.


Things to Do and See

Event Guides

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