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As the summer brings in the season of Congressional internships, it’s the perfect time to reflect on the experiences of our Congressional Spotlight Interviewees and the advantages they gained from interning on Capitol Hill.

Invaluable Learning Experience

The journey of our Congressional Spotlight Interviewees as interns was one filled with real-world learning opportunities. They had the chance to attend briefings, write memos, assist with press conferences, and work on speech writing, gaining valuable hands-on experience to excel on Capitol Hill.

Networking and Professional Development

For our interviewees, networking played a crucial role in their career paths, and offered an exceptional platform for them to connect with professionals and build meaningful relationships. Through dedication and perseverance, many interviewees eventually transitioned from interning to becoming staff members within the same office. While others received recommendations from supervisors and mentors, leading them to secure positions in new offices.

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Passion for Policy

Throughout their internships, they were offered the opportunity to engage with different legislative portfolios. This enabled them to explore various policy areas and, as a result, develop fresh interests. By dedicating themselves to specific policy areas, they had the chance to become true subject matter experts!

The Hill is for the Determined

A common theme is the importance of self-awareness and determination. The Hill is not for everyone, but for those who feel passionate about making a difference in the legislative process, it is worth pursuing. Despite challenges, our interviewees encourage aspiring policy professionals to stay committed and not lose hope during the job search.

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The journey of our Congressional Spotlight Interviewees as interns is one that requires dedication, perseverance, and a passion for policy. As internship season continues, let us celebrate the accomplishments and aspirations of these young professionals who have learned, grown, and found their place on Capitol Hill. Their experiences serve as a reminder of the potential and impact that an internship can have on shaping one’s career in politics and public service.

To be featured or learn more, reach out to Gabi Thomas, and spread the word to any colleagues who would be interested.

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Gabrielle Thomas

Gabi joined Leadership Connect as a Research Analyst and is now the Legislature Outreach Liaison.