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Washington, DC


Foreign visitors are not legally allowed to work in the USA without the appropriate working visa. But US citizens, especially young ones, flock here in summer to take up internships on Capitol Hill, at federal agencies and in think tanks. If you want an internship, it's important to start looking early - the fall of the preceding year is a good time to start. Find your congressional representatives' office addresses via the Capitol switchboard (202-224-3121).


Most offices and government agencies in Washington are open 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday. Most shops are open 10am to 7pm Monday to Saturday, noon to 5pm Sunday. Smaller shops may be closed Sunday or Monday or both days. Restaurants are usually open 11:30am to 2:30pm for lunch and 5:30pm to 10pm for dinner Monday to Friday. Most restaurants tend to stay open later (until 11pm or midnight) on Friday and Saturday nights. Bars are open until 1am or 2am during the week and 3am on weekends. Banks, schools and offices are closed on all public holidays; most shops, museums and restaurants stay open on public holidays, except July 4, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.

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