Today was the last day of session (for the House…), so the August recess effectively begins today. With about a week to go, the rush is on to secure my internship during the fall (as I am in the Michigan in Washington program). Hopefully I find out soon what I’ll be doing.
As I mentioned earlier, one of the main goals of my internship has been to build my professional network in D.C. I have met an average of 1 or 2 people each week for the 10 or so weeks I have been here. The people I have met mainly work in legislative member offices (working for representatives), as well as staffers in the House Energy and Commerce and the Foreign Affairs committees. Through these meetings, I have learned about their stories, words of wisdom, and general advice for getting a position on the Hill. I have also met people who have introduced me to other people, creating a web of staffers that I know.
Surprisingly, I actually dreaded this aspect of my internship when I started, but now it is one of my favorite parts. It makes me feel like I’m taking a concrete step toward accomplishing my goals, and building the ladder that will get me that next internship and someday a paid position. Ultimately, I will find out the value of this networking though once I find out what I’m doing for my fall internship. Hopefully it proves useful.