I’m going to let you in on a little secret. To work on Capitol Hill, for the most part, one must intern on Capitol Hill unpaid. Then after a year or two one might get a job as a legislative aide in a Congressional office somehow. The job is paid, but just barely. Yet nearly every young person fresh out of college who works on the Hill lives on Capitol Hill in a smart townhouse with easy access to bars. At worst, one might live in Alexandria right off the metro, but most folks are in the District.
The thing is, the District of Columbia is very expensive. How can a staffer making $25,000 per year live there?
The answer; They are subsidized by parents.