Housing Scarce and Expensive For Summer D.C. Interns

Even though universities in D.C. help by renting out empty dorm rooms, the tight market for rental housing in and near downtown D.C. impacts summer interns, who sometimes pay over $1,000 per month for the most modest of housing accomodations.

"In the life of a Washington intern, there are a couple of things one can count on: long days of work for little or no pay and late nights swilling pints of Yuengling with members of the opposite political party. In between, when it's time to recharge and put on a new button-down shirt, things get less predictable."

"For the 15,000 to 20,000 interns who compete for housing in one of the tightest rental markets in decades, finding a decent place to live could be the biggest gamble of the summer."

"Some interns come with fingers crossed and a hotel reservation or the promise of a cousin's couch as they brave the temporary housing market. Others line up a room in advance, hoping for the best and possibly paying the most for cramped apartments that go for three times the market rates."

Thanks to C. P. Zilliacus

Full Story: Underpaid and Barely Housed

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