Washington, DC offers one of the most unique and exciting job markets in the world. This book examines careers that are specific to the nation's capital, with an eye toward identifying entry points, career paths, and insider advice for those with a strong desire for a career in politics, government and all that Washington has to offer.
For many new to Washington, their careers will begin on Capitol Hill. The offices of the nation's 100 Senators and 435 Representatives have been the training grounds for many of history's most influential staffers, power brokers, and political Svengalis. Capitol Hill offers a virtual immersion program into all aspects of government and politics.
The path to the top ranks of Washington's political and governmental elite, however, usually begins with menial tasks for low pay. A staff assistant on Capitol Hill, the typical entry-level position for someone with a Bachelor's degree, earns as little as $20,000 regardless of the prestige of his or her alma mater. First assignments include answering the phones, staffing the front desk, and even fetching lunch for the boss - not exactly the glamorous lifestyle portrayed by television or the movies.
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