Richard B. ’62 and Sabra Ladd Government Internship Recipient
“I had already been leaning toward a career in politics or policy, but after my summer, I’m sure that I want to follow that path. I found the political world energizing and fascinating, and I’d be thrilled to work in policy or in communications at the state or federal level.”
My internship did satisfy my expectations, but only after I realized I had to reach out to members of the congresswoman’s staff. After a week during which I was often waiting for something to do, I started asking for projects, no matter how small. The communications director assigned me the task of preparing the office’s daily news clips, which meant reading each of New Hampshire’s daily newspapers, cutting any articles relevant to the congresswoman or her policy proposals, and sending the clips to the staff. Once I had proven my competence with news clips, he began assigning me more difficult and more interesting tasks. Only a few weeks later, I researched and drafted a press release about the DELIVER Act, which the congresswoman introduced to help Veterans Affairs hospitals attract more doctors.
The same was true with every other member of the staff. The legislative director showed me how to track floor amendments, research the congresswoman’s past stances on similar measures, and even allowed me to take a stab at recommending how the congresswoman should vote. The legislative correspondents assigned me letters to write to constituents on topics ranging from HIPAA privacy law to educational programs for disadvantaged students. Legislative assistants asked me to attend briefings or write memos on Internet regulation, insurance premiums, and the student debt crisis. Eventually I began regularly to attend briefings relating to the Affordable Care Act and mental health, and working closely with the staffer assigned to health issues.
- Date November 13, 2014
- Tags 2014, Government, Junior, Ladd, USA