Matthew Pascale.

Office of Congressman Patrick Meehan - Washington, DC

Project Description

Richard B. ’62 and Sabra Ladd Government Internship Recipient

My chosen college degree and career path in Government and Law were determined once I attended The National Young Leaders Conference in Washington D.C. during the summer of 2013. During the 10 day conference we were able to interact with lawmakers and staffers and had the ability to meet with representatives, ask questions and get a firsthand view of life and work on Capitol Hill. We had workshops led by career professionals in the D.C. area and participated in Town Hall discussion forums on topics from the future of energy in America to immigration. Through this experience I fell in love with politics and law, and when I entered Bowdoin in the Fall of 2014, I was confident and secure in my decision to major in Government and Legal Studies, attend law school, and one day work as an esteemed member of our Federal government.

To that end, I was extremely excited to find out from a former intern and current senior that Congressman Patrick Meehan, a Bowdoin graduate and revered politician, was looking for summer interns in their Junior year, particularly those from his alma mater. I jumped at the chance to apply and to my great pleasure found out that I had been selected. Working for a politician like Patrick Meehan is a great honor and is exactly the sort of opportunity that will help me as I get ready to apply for law school and in my future plans to one day become a politician myself.

I chose Congressman Meehan’s Office for several reasons. Congressman Meehan’s well respected reputation within both the legal and political communities will help give both my resume and law school application a little extra weight. It will also allow me the opportunity to expand my career networking base to enhance my future opportunities. Congressman Meehan also has a wealth of knowledge and decades of experience as a lawyer and political figure so the opportunity to work with and learn from him would be invaluable as I work towards my career goals. Also the opportunity to work with and professionally connect with some of the best upcoming young professionals in my field of interest would be extremely beneficial as I move forward with my career plans. Lastly, as a Government and Legal Studies major, I have developed a comprehensive theoretical understanding of both federal and state governments, but there is no substitute for a real hands on experience, which this internship will provide. It will give me a chance to put theory into practice and get a real feel for what life and work is like as a politician and congressional staffer.

Project Details

  • Date October 18, 2017
  • Tags 2017, Government, Junior, Ladd, USA

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