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DC's "Interns Rock!" June 11-18

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Jocelyn Bissonnette's internship in D.C. led to a full-time job with the same organization.
Rebecca Sheir
Jocelyn Bissonnette's internship in D.C. led to a full-time job with the same organization.

By Rebecca Sheir

Washington, D.C., is one of the most popular destinations for summer internships.

So this time of year brings a major influx to the nation's capital, and a local non-profit is celebrating this summer's interns with special offers and discounts around town.

Jocelyn Bissonnette interned in D.C., a few years back, and says it was the best decision she made during college.

"It gave me a chance to step outside campus life and become involved in the real work force," says Bissonnette. "And once I finished the internship I had a much better sense of my long-term goals."

Those goals included working in education, and now Bissonnette works full-time at the education-based non-profit where she interned.

Bissonnette was one of the 20,000 interns who flood D.C. each year. The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars is reaching out to the summer crop, with a week-long celebration called "InternsRock!"

Jennifer Sherman says "interns rock" because "We help organizations accomplish their mission."

As a summer intern at a local non-profit, Sherman says the work she's doing there is rewarding enough. But she says receiving discounts at restaurants, museums and retailers is a nice bonus: especially for a college student strapped for cash.

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