Interning for a congressional office is something that has always drawn my attention. However, I knew I didn’t want to spend another summer in DC just yet. Thus, interning at my congresswoman’s district office seemed like the perfect solution.
When I arrived, I learned there were already seven other interns who knew the ropes. I was the new girl and it was my first time interning for a legislator. I knew I had to learn a lot, and I needed to learn it fast. I spent my first day at the front desk, answering phone calls and shadowing the other interns as they completed various tasks. I had to walk the fine line between asking too many questions and making sure every constituents’ request or concern was handled in an appropriate and efficient manner. I leaned on the other interns a lot that first day because I prioritized making sure the job got done correctly over my own hesitancy at seeming like I didn’t know what I was doing.
I hope to gain new skills from this internship as well as connections in the political sphere. I want to work behind-the-scenes politics in the future, so this internship is a perfect way for me to gauge whether this career path is the one for me. While I don’t want to run for office myself, I do want to have influence over policy or at the very least the ability to help people interpret and navigate the policies that we have in place. I hope interning in this congressional office will help me learn more about the different job opportunities that are out there for me in the future.