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by Katherine Berko August 11, 2017 at 3:35 pm 0

When I first began my ARLnow internship, I knew nothing about Arlington. A native New Yorker, to me, Arlington was just some place across the river from D.C. I was a bit of a “big city” snob, so I expected very little from the area.

Three months later, as my internship comes to a close, my view could not be more different. After writing dozens of articles about Arlington, from covering the opening of a Clarendon tattoo parlor to a piece about the county’s decreasing homeless population, I’ve developed quite a fondness for the community.

“Arlington is the smallest self-governing county in the U.S. And no, the Pentagon is not in D.C., it’s actually in Arlington,” I would proudly tell my friends when they asked about my job.

Of course, I am no “Arlington expert” but I have dipped into the pool of what Arlington has to offer and boy, is it deep!

There is something for everyone here: urban enclaves like Clarendon or Crystal City are just minutes’ drive from quintessential suburban neighborhoods with cozy brick homes and tumbling gardens. There are free yoga classes every Sunday throughout the summer and so many events that we publish an event calendar that is updated daily.

The variety in Arlington’s food scene made me feel like I was back in my hometown, except here, there’s elbow room and you’re not rushed after paying your check. I have eaten dinner while watching artists paint at Palette 22 and I’ve tried ice cream made with Nitrogen. I slurped up bubble tea from bottles shaped like lightbulbs at Kokee Tea and had my first taste of kangaroo at Oz (in case you were wondering, it tastes like a hamburger).

Perhaps more impressive than the free events and delicious food are Arlingtonians themselves. Every week, ARLnow publishes a weekly Startup Monday article, in which we write about a startup based in the county. I remember when I wrote my first Startup Monday, I was told to find a startup in Arlington that our website had yet to write about.

I wondered how many startups this one county can have. It turns out, it’s enough that ARLnow has been able to write about a new one almost every week since September 2013. That goes to show the incredible talent and creativity found in Arlington. There’s a guy giving free rides thanks to his advertising model; a couple with a company that plans “surprise” vacations; somebody creating an app to ensure people know their rights.

Even my boss — the founder of ARLnow — Scott Brodbeck, was once one of those Arlingtonians with a startup dream. He noticed that parts of Arlington had very little news coverage and saw an opportunity for a business. Seven years later, ARLnow is alive and thriving, and I got to intern with it and you’re reading it right now.

Tonight, as I leave Arlington to return to New York, I will wave goodbye to this place that has shown me so much, as I relish one of my favorite vistas: the sprawling Pentagon and graceful Air Force Memorial, set against a backdrop of pink skies.

by ARLnow.com November 28, 2016 at 8:45 am 0

Christmas tree and menorah at the Pentagon Row ice skating rink

Reminder: Metro Surge Starts Today — Metro’s SafeTrack Surge 11 starts today, bringing what officials say will be “the worst of anything our riders have experienced so far” to the Orange and Silver lines. [ARLnow]

Critical Missing Person — On Friday the Arlington County Police Department put out an alert for a missing person who is “unable to care for herself and is in need of medical attention.” The woman, Amanda Pham Pulver, is described as “5’4″, 115 lbs, black & white hair with dark eyes. Last seen in 3800 block of N. 13th St.” [Arlington County, Twitter]

Leasing Inquiries Up After Election — Arlington landlords are reportedly getting more office leasing inquiries, a trend that began shortly before the election and is continuing afterward. “Tenant tours have increased dramatically over the last 90 days,” said the head of major Rosslyn landlord Monday Properties. [Bisnow]

Behind the Scenes at DCA Lost and Found — From an interview with the lost-and-found property technician at Reagan National Airport: “We’ve had teeth, a prosthetic leg, a power saw, a dog kennel. There’s a fax machine on the shelf. Oh, and rubber butt padding — someone came back and got that.” [Arlington Magazine]

Arlingtonian Lands White House Internship — An Arlington native is among those who landed a prestigious internship at the White House this fall. Olivia Pavco-Giaccia, a member of the class of 2016 at Yale, was on a list released by the White House Press Office last week. Pavco-Giaccia has previously achieved notability and recognitions for her female-oriented science startup, LabCandy.

by ARLnow.com July 19, 2016 at 5:30 pm 0

MakeOffices Clarendon

(Updated at 2:15 p.m.) ARLnow.com is seeking an ambitious intern to join our small team in Clarendon this fall.

We’re looking for a college intern who is pursuing a career in journalism and has relevant academic and extracurricular experience. Interest in local news in particular is a plus.

This is an especially hands-on, educational internship that will provide our intern with dozens of bylines over the course of the semester as well as valuable writing and editing guidance. Other responsibilities include research and occasional administrative tasks.

The internship will pay a $1,000 stipend to cover commuting and other expenses, but is otherwise unpaid. Internship start and end dates are flexible, as are hours — though we require at least 20 hours per week.

Strong writing skills are a must. Photography experience and familiarity with WordPress and Photoshop are desired.

To apply, please email a resume, cover letter and additional writing sample to [email protected]. The application deadline is August 1.

by ARLnow.com March 31, 2016 at 11:00 am 0

Television news crews at the DoubleTree hotel in Crystal City for Democrats Don Beyer and Mark Warner

ARLnow.com is seeking an ambitious intern to join our small team this summer.

We’re looking for a college intern who is pursuing a career in journalism and has relevant academic and extracurricular experience. Interest in local news in particular is a plus.

This is an especially hands-on, educational internship that will provide our intern with dozens of bylines over the course of the summer. Other responsibilities include research and occasional administrative tasks.

The internship will pay a $1,000 stipend to cover commuting and other expenses, but is otherwise unpaid. Internship start and end dates are flexible. This is a full-time internship; standard hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Strong writing skills are a must. Photography experience and familiarity with WordPress and Photoshop are desired.

To apply, please email a resume and cover letter to [email protected] The application deadline is April 15.

by ARLnow.com February 22, 2016 at 9:15 am 0

Murals at Courthouse Plaza (Flickr pool photo by Kevin Wolf)

Home Values Jump 14 Percent — Arlington County saw a big bump in the sale price of homes, at least according to one data set from January. Long & Foster says the median price of a home sold in Arlington last month was $590,000, up 14 percent from one year prior. [WTOP]

Wakefield Boys Win Conference — The Wakefield High School boys varsity basketball team captured the Conference 13 championship on Saturday, after defeating Marshall 50-47. [Twitter, Twitter]

Caps Hold Fundraiser for Young Cancer Victim — The Washington Capitals held a fundraiser at Don Tito in Clarendon on Friday for the family of a three-year-old girl who just died of an inoperable brain tumor. The family has more than $100,000 in medical bills to pay and hopes to also raise money for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. [NBC Washington]

Problems Persist at Arlington National Cemetery — More than 5 years after major problems were revealed at Arlington National Cemetery, there’s word of new problems. The cemetery’s burial backlog has increased, it’s taking longer to get headstones approved and previously unenforced rules are now being enforced, frustrating some families, reports a local TV station. [WJLA]

Arlington Students Serving as White House Interns — Three college students who hail from Arlington are on the list of spring 2016 White House interns. The interns are: Jeremy Brown, who attends the University of Michigan; Ryan Cowdin, who attends George Washington University; and Caitlin O’Grady, who attends Pepperdine.

County Board Approves Rosslyn Changes — At a relatively uneventful meeting on Saturday, the Arlington County Board approved a series of land use, transportation and zoning changes as part of the Western Rosslyn Area Plan. The changes will allow a new school and new development. [Arlington County]

Flickr pool photo by Kevin Wolf

by ARLnow.com March 24, 2014 at 10:00 am 1,881 0

ARLnow logoARLnow.com is seeking a pair of interns to work with us this summer in our Rosslyn offices.

We are looking for an intern on the news side, who will write bylined articles for the site while helping out with research, note-taking and some administrative tasks. We are also looking for an intern on the business side, who will help support our sales team while working on some marketing projects.

The ideal candidate for each will be a self-starter with clear career goals, who has extracurricular experience and a strong drive to succeed. Those who have worked on either the editorial or sales side of a student newspaper or broadcast operation are encouraged to apply.

College students who are interested in this opportunity should send a resume, cover letter and any representative work samples to [email protected]. Please also note whether you will be receiving academic credit for the internship.

Those who want to skip the initial screening process can also talk to us directly at an upcoming startup internship fair.

Numerous technology, media and other startup companies will be participating at the event, to take place Friday afternoon (March 28) at 1400 Key Blvd in Rosslyn.

“We want to help college students come into the new entrepreneurship world,” said Raymond Rahbar, founder of the UberOffices coworking community, which is organizing the internship event for its member companies. “[We] think they’ll greatly benefit [by working] with a smaller team that can really show them all facets of business.”

Registration is required for the event.

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