It has been more than a week now since finishing up my Capitol Hill internship. It’s been disappointing to need to leave DC, but even more disappointing to leave the office I was working in. Even though dozens of interns come and go in each office each year, I am lucky to feel like I genuinely connected with the staffers in my office.
I went from being uncertain I wanted to intern on the Hill, or for the government at all, to feeling a desire to apply back for Hill staffer positions after graduation. While my future is still uncertain, I know this experience will serve as a baseline for any other policy or political job I will hold in the future. Now, all I can do is reflect, reprioritize, reframe, and utilize all of the connections made, new information, and new perspectives to my advantage as I consider my path ahead.