I have always considered myself a political junkie. However, I was surprised at my lack of knowledge in international politics (but I also partly blame this on biased media that often promotes a pro-Western narrative). After one week of my internship, I already feel like I have learned so much about international issues. Also, my Member of Parliament happens to be the Vice Chair on the Subcommittee of International Human Rights, so naturally, I am learning about these situations regarding human rights abroad every day.
This experience has also given me a perspective on the United States right now. It is interesting to gain this view from an outsider`s perspective. As expected, this internship has given me a better gauge on where I stand in my political beliefs. I feel that every day, I am becoming more well-versed on the issues I care about, and I enjoy this atmosphere of being surrounded by passionate, politically engaged individuals who motivate me to do the same.
Another surprising thing is the amount of access we have as interns! I`ve been lucky enough to attend various committee meetings covering a variety of issues and receptions honoring different groups. These experiences have made for a well-rounded, wholesome internship that I am grateful to be a part of.