The DC Government Wants to Hire You


In our search for perks, cool coworkers, and a career full of excitement, it’s easy to overlook local government.

But Willair St. Vil, of the District’s Department of Human Resources, assures me there’s more to the DC government than meets the eye.

“In about 5 years, 20% of the DC Government’s workforce will be retiring,” begins St. Vil. “In turn, we are already seeing a great need for young, energetic new hires.”

St. Vil’s tenure with DCHR began almost 5 years ago, and in that time he’s trained hundreds of employees and led them through the government’s new hire orientation.

“Every other Monday, I see about 50 new people get hired. That’s over 2,000 people since I’ve been here.”

On the Search for New Talent

“There’s a great need to bring on new talent into local government. That’s why new efforts are underway to reach out to high schools and colleges and let them know there is a place for their graduates in our workforce.”

On Getting the Facts Straight

“I think there is such limited knowledge on what the DC government actually does. You may have gone to an agency and received subpar services or care. But I work with great professionals every day who are passionate about the work they do.  

“There is such limited knowledge on what the DC government actually does.”


If you ever have a question about your housing, the Office of Tenant Advocates can help you.

There’s an office on African American Affairs, Asian Affairs, and Latino Affairs. You can walk into any of these offices and get help from a knowledgeable staff member who will go above and beyond to meet your need.”

On Landing a DC Government Job

“There are different ways to go about landing a job in the DC Government. But the best way by far is to apply for a fellowship or program.

There is the Capital City Fellows Program (CCFP) for those who have recently finished their master’s or law degree. And at any given time during the 18-month fellowship, fellows may apply to secure positions.

CCFP is a competitive program. There are about 5 slots and you will have to have your master’s and a GPA at or above 3.5 to be considered. 

But since I’ve been here there has only been one fellow who finished the program and chose not to stay. Almost everyone who applied to full-time positions got an offer and accepted the offer.

We have the District Leadership Program, which is designed for juniors or seniors in college as well as grad students.

I’ve managed this program since 2012 and the idea behind it is that once you intern with us, based on performance, we hire you. Last year, after our summer program we had 35 interns and 6 of them started working immediately after the program. The others had yet to finish their degrees.

Our hiring rate is 3 to 1. We typically look at 80 applications and about a third of them get hired.

For this particular program, you need at least a 2.5 GPA and a recommendation from an advisor.  

We are looking for strong writers and the interview process evaluates your ability to think logic and reason. when you’re accepted to the program you are given real projects and real work.”

St.Vil recommends using,, and for your DC government job search.

On Job Titles

“If you come in as a fellow, you will most likely be hired as an analyst. Fellows who are hired to do lots of auditing work, data analytics, urban planning, program planning, and analyst work that is housing or community related.

The District has over 70 agencies, and each agency is looking for professionals to balance their budget, help with strategic planning, and more. These agencies must have these basic operational needs in order to function. If you can offer solutions to these needs, there is a job for you.

I’ve heard people say ‘I’m not working for the Department of Corrections because they think they will be working in a jail. But the Department of Corrections needs legal services, HR, planning, learning, and development. The possibilities are endless.

If you come in with an accounting degree or a business degree, you’ll find agencies have a real need for help managing and balancing their budgets.

Data is huge here. Everything has to be measured and reported on. We have key performance indicators we need to set and meet. If you can come in and make sense of all this data, there is a place for you here.”

On Culture and Growth


Pedestrians stroll outside DC government buildings.

“If you’re looking for a diverse workplace, the DC government is for you. From the colleagues you work with to the host of different job types we have, I don’t think any other employer can say they have more variety. You can go online and see jobs for recruiting, public information officers, social media coordinators, brand managers, lawyers, communicators, and accounting.

“From the colleagues you work with to the host of different job types we have, I don’t think any other employer can say they have more variety.” 

But aside from diversity, these careers bring great reward. How many people can say they see the immediate impact of their work?

The Bikeshare program in DC is a perfect example of hard work you can see. Our fellows at the Department of Transportation worked on this program. They did the research and thought through tiny details like how far each station is from the other and how we recycle and repair these bikes.

There is a flexible work schedule, and from my own observation, I think we’re hiring young people at a faster rate than the federal government. We believe we have a workplace young professionals will thrive in.

Most notably, we’re big on mentoring and coaching here. And our offices are downtown and metro accessible. My office is right near the Verizon Center in Chinatown. I can pop into the Portrait Gallery for lunch and I have a short commute home. Who doesn’t want that?

Photography by Leah Beilhart

Ursula Lauriston

I can pop into the Portrait Gallery for lunch and I have a short commute home. Who doesn’t want that?— Willair St. Vil

Silverware is Overrated: Where Tastemakers Find the Best Craft Sandwiches in DC


Sometimes you just want to forget the plates, knife, and fork and take your dinner to the face. Luckily, locally-sourced gourmet sandwiches are scattered throughout the city, waiting to be discovered. 

Satisfy your sandwich craving and stop by one of these must-try city hot spots.


Let’s talk fresh and made from scratch. Doing things old school is not far from what’s going on at Bub and Pop’s. The ingredients that grace their famous sandwiches are made in-house and with a signature touch. From their relish made with sweet and hot peppers, to their top-secret vinaigrette, authenticity is the key element. Pair off an Italian hoagie with a cup of soup and bon appetite.  

1815 M St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20036 | (202) 457-1111


Cut out the big distributors, add fresh locally grown produce to the mix, and voila you have SUNdeVICH! Keeping the ingredients organic, this sub shop is soon to start growing their very own herbs and vegetables right on the rooftop garden above the shop. Baked daily by a local bakery, the French style demi-baguettes that holds it all together is a loaf rich in flavor.  

1314 9TH St. Washington, D.C 20001 | (202) 319-1086


Tucked away in a gas station, Fast Gourmet is another one of D.C’s hidden treasures. This urban sub shop serves up some of the tastiest street foods and in a matter of minutes. Giving you a mixed selection, they serve a variety of urban flavors as well as cultural tastes. Adding creativity to it all, Fast Gourmet is a must try.  

1400 W St. NW, Washington, D.C 20009 | (202) 448-9217


A healthy alternative to your daily temptations, Mother Ruckers Subs hits the spot and has you coming back for seconds. Leave the greasy burgers, this sub shop has freshly sliced roast beef, salami, ham, and turkey to name a few. The warm freshly baked bread hugs together all of the crisp ingredients and freshly cut cheeses.

1101 Bladensburg Rd NE, Washington D.C 20002 | (202) 388-1881


This family owned Italian sub shop off Pennsylvania Avenue will send you all the way up the road to sandwich heaven. Sink your teeth into their saucy meatball sub or have fresh greens on a cold cut.  You can’t go wrong with a menu that makes for diverse combinations of hot and cold subs on either hard or soft rolls. Have a growling stomach? Say no more.

1317 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Washington D.C 20003 | (202) 543-6212


If you happen to find yourself lost in the midst of Washington Harbor right at the Georgetown waterfront, then you have just found yourself near the entrance of The Best Sandwich Place. Walk through the doors and order yourself a creatively mastered sandwich and make your way to the Potomac River. These sandwiches each carry a unique sauce and they will melt right in your mouth. Savor it and come back for more.

3000 K St. NW #115, Washington D.C 20007 | (202) 298-0417


In the mood for something hearty? Well, let us introduce you to the freshly carved meats of MGM Roast Beef. Flavor is packed into theses marvelously crafted sandwiches. The abundance of ingredients will have you taking big bites out of these subs. Don’t forget to add fresh cut fries to the mix. When all is said and done, walk in off.

1905 Brentwood Rd. NE, Washington, D.C 20018  | (202) 248-0389


If the atmosphere wasn’t enough to draw you in, then the phenomenal eats at this gastropub will definitely have you calling for a late night cab. You won’t leave unsatisfied after having a plate full of what Duke’s Grocery is dishing up. What you’re tasting in each bite of your sandwich are the locally harvested produce from the Potomac farm Market and Lyon bakery, to name a few of the local business they partner with. How fresh are their ingredients? There is no set menu. The menu alters according to whatever ingredients are the freshest of the day.

1513 17th St. NW, Washington, D.C 20036 | (202) 733-5623

Alexis Garcia

The Art of the Hustle: Jamil Hamilton


Jamil Hamilton is your typical DC consultant. What’s not so typical is that at night, when most of his colleagues are in bed, he’s driving to one of his popular DJ gigs.

Best known for his signature Marvin Monday’s event, the consultant transforms the upstairs of U Street’s Marvin restaurant into a 90’s backyard party for good-music enthusiasts.

But with a demanding full-time day job, I wondered how he has the time to juggle it all (or rather, why he bothers to juggle at all.)

The answer is always passion. Hamilton has been moonlighting as a DJ since he was a school kid, and passion like that doesn’t just go away.

“Along the way, you will question why you make the sacrifices you do,” says Hamilton. “You will look at the easy road and wonder whether having any integrity is worth it. You will make mistakes. But if you do something long enough with love as your major motivation, you will eventually start to break through the clouds and see the sunlight.”

“Cheesy? Yes.”

“True? Abso-bloody-lutely.”

What are the benefits, in your opinion, of moonlighting?

“DJing affords me a secondary income, and more importantly, an artistic outlet that helps me maintain my spiritual balance.”


Jamil Hamilton

What are the disadvantages of moonlighting?

“It’s an expensive pastime, if you do it right you miss out on a lot of needed rest and worst of all, you sometimes must deal directly with less-couth members of the public at large.”

Is DJing your passion? If so, do you hope to do it full time one day?

“It is my passion, but having a salaried day job and benefits gives me freedom from taking side gigs solely for mercenary reasons. I can do what interests me and create my own vision for my art without having my decisions influenced by the need to survive.

There are no 401K plans for DJs and unless your name is Skrillex (who sucks at DJing BTW) you aren’t pulling down the kind of money that lets you retire before you are a senior citizen.”


Jamil Hamilton

How do you currently juggle these two very intense priorities in your life?

“My work is all about a shared appreciation for art. Art that is meaningful in some way. I play the music that I personally love and that I hope others will be open to.

I do things that make me happy; like traveling to the Worldwide Festival in Sete, France once a year.

When I’m in DC, I go to the bookstore in the National Gallery of Art. I’ll grab a few friends and do Bikes and Breakfast in Clifton VA. I’ll go record shopping at Joe’s Record Paradise in Silver Spring. And on the weekends I lunch at the Eden Center in Falls Church.


Jamil Hamilton

The most important though, is every so often, I just completely disengage from my friends, family and loved ones. I also turn down gigs during this “recharging” period of my life. I do this at least once per year. Rest is so important when you’re pouring yourself into your art. Whatever that art may be.

Jamil Hamilton goes by the stage name DJ Jahsonic. Find him on Instagram here and at his personal website here.”

Photography by Leah Beilhart

Ursula Lauriston