Senate Internship: 06/24-07/07

Hi all! If there’s one thing this job is not, that would be predictable. Each week and each day is a surprise, constantly throwing new problems, tasks, and opportunities at you—I love it. Last week started off with a surprise: I gave my first tour. This was an opportunity for improvisation not only because I did not know until one hour before, but also because it was mistakenly scheduled right in the middle of an evacuation drill. Evidently, no one else in the scheduling process picked up on this, so the morning was completely chaotic. After leaving early from the Senate office buildings for the Capitol to avoid the drill, I had to juggle calls from three separate groups scheduled for a tour, all in different locations and basically lost now that plan A was out the window. Long story short, I handled it.

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Senate Internship: 06/10-06/23

Hi all! Still figuring out all the ins and outs of life on the Hill, bit by bit. My Metro navigation skills are honed, and I finally got a monthly pass so I don’t need to constantly reload my card. Living in a city is much more liberating than I imagined; I can pretty much go do anything I want in a way that is not sustainable on campus without a car. The business formal dress code has taken some adjusting to as well, but I like wearing suits to work.

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Senate Internship: 06/03-06/09

Hi all! My name is Jack, and I am a rising Junior at W&M. I am an International Relations major, minoring in Film and Economics. This summer, I am spending 10 weeks as a legislative intern for a Democratic senator from my home state. I will refrain from mentioning “the boss” (that’s what everybody calls her around the office) by name in the interest of privacy for the office. The press team would prefer we don’t even mention the Senator’s name on LinkedIn until the internship is complete.

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Week 7 at the National Assembly for Wales

It’s my last week at my internship! I feel like I blinked and it’s over, I really don’t know how this happened. This week has just been all about wrapping up loose ends. I finally finished my research on homelessness and I’m incredibly excited for the end result; now that I’ve finished the preliminary work, the homelessness white paper can begin to be assembled. The work I’ve done and the eventual paper gives me the chance to say I’m published, at least in terms of doing most of the research for an important government publication, which is so exciting! It’s amazing that I get the experience of having done the work for a paper that will lead to some incredibly interesting and ground-breaking policy being implemented and I’m very proud of what I was able to accomplish with that.

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Week 6 at the National Assembly for Wales

This week was off to a start with me working on a brief for my AM to ask a follow-up question during Plenary. The question was asking for a progress report on the Arbed scheme in Wales, a program designed to retrofit houses with energy-saving measures. The scheme provides new boilers, wall cladding and smart meters, amongst other things, to low-income families so they can decrease their energy bills and move out of fuel property. This week I also spent some time drafting questions for two separate days of Plenary. I created a list of questions to ask the environment minister, ranging from things like asking about the progress of national tree-building programs to asking about if the government had considered carbon recycling programs to meet its emissions goals. I also came up with a list of more general questions for the First Minister, asking about updates on Welsh-language learning initiatives and carbon-neutral home building programs.

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