In this special edition of the Spotlight Interview Series, we want to celebrate our milestone of 20 interviews and reflect on what we’ve learned. Their collective experiences have showcased several common themes that resonate with many working on Capitol Hill:
All interviewees began their Capitol Hill journeys through different avenues, including internships, campaign work, and fellowship programs. This variety of entry points emphasizes that there is no one-size-fits-all path to success on Capitol Hill.
Despite their different backgrounds, all expressed a strong passion for specific policy issues, ranging from public health and education to access to justice and communications. This underscores the importance of aligning one’s interests with their work on Capitol Hill.
Managing multiple legislative projects and deadlines is a common challenge. To address this, interviewees stressed the importance of organization, effective communication with colleagues, and seeking professional development opportunities.
Building relationships and networking with colleagues and mentors were consistently highlighted as essential components of success on Capitol Hill. Additionally, maintaining humility and kindness in the often fast-paced and interconnected world of politics is crucial.
Our interviewees offer valuable insights for those aspiring to work on Capitol Hill, demonstrating that dedication, adaptability, and a genuine passion for public service are key ingredients for a fulfilling career in the political arena.