At the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center, everything is an experiment – even the parking lot.
At the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center, everything is an experiment – even the parking lot.
Animal keeper Matt Neff called Alex like he would call a dog. “Hey, Alex, C’mere! Come on, bud!” Neff said.
Rachel Gray shifted in her bed on the layers of old sheets and a shower curtain. As her four children, all under the age of 9, ducked in and out of her bedroom, she told her midwife it was time to move to the birthing tub.

Living in D.C.


The foundation provides two two-bedroom apartments in Northwest Washington near the National Zoo for interns to live in. The apartments are furnished and are one block from a Metro stop. The apartment building is walking distance to restaurants, grocery stores and other shopping. Cultural activities are just a few stops away on the Metro system.

Getting around

Interns use the Metro rail and bus system to get to work and around the city. Trains and buses run from early morning to late at night, and taxicabs are relatively inexpensive. Metro's website has a system map and a trip planner. The Scripps Howard Foundation office is two stops on Metro's Red Line from the apartment buildings. The office is four blocks from the White House in the middle of Washington's business district. Limited and expensive parking makes bringing a car to Washington impractical.

On the town

You'll never run out of things to do and places to go in Washington. The Smithsonian Institution museums are all free, as are nightly performances at the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage. TicketPlace and Goldstar offer reduced-price tickets to many theaters. For other cultural events, check out the Washington Post's Arts and Living Section or the Washington City Paper.


D.C. has a restaurant for every taste bud and budget imaginable. The Washingtonian magazine compiles a list of the 100 Best and best Cheap Eats restaurants. The city has many food trucks, selling everything from lobster rolls to pizza to cupcakes.

Safety and Security

The nation's capital is a relatively safe place. However, it's not a good idea to travel alone at night. Go to dinner, run or take part in other activities in pairs or groups. In the District of Columbia, the legal drinking age for alcoholic beverages is 21.

Scripps Howard Foundation Wire
1090 Vermont Ave. N.W. - Suite 1000
Washington, D.C. 20005