This internship has been very enlightening. I learned more about the political sector and how government works and I am inspired to work in a similar office in the future.
When I began my internship, I knew that I was interested in this kind of work, but I wasn’t sure if I would actually like it in practice. However, over these last few months I have realized that there is a lot of room to be very influential when working in a federal office. While the Congresswoman is working on the federal level to pass bills and influence the law, the staff members in the office are interacting with constituents on a daily basis and assisting them with things that have a significant impact on their quality of life. From helping constituents get their social security benefits to contacting federal agencies regarding immigration cases, the staff are constantly engaging with the citizens of this district and working to better their lives. This direct contact with the people the Congresswoman represents is not something that I expected to see during my time here. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that a good chunk of the staff members’ jobs are to answer constituent requests and make sure action is taken on any problems.
This is the kind of work I hope to do in the future. I know that changing laws is extremely important, but making sure citizens actually receive the benefits of these laws is equally important. It is useless for something to be made official on paper if it does not translate to real life. The staff members at this office are in charge of this translation. This internship has had the most impact on informing me of the kind of work that I want to do after I graduate. I plan on attending law school, but first I am taking two gap years to work and gain more experience. This internship has shown me that I would greatly enjoy working in a similar office during this time.