Hadley Gordon had the opportunity to spend a summer in Washington DC as an intern in Senator Mike Lee’s office of the US Senate.
What was your internship experience?
I had an incredible semester in Washington DC! Some of the tasks I performed were:
Communicate with constituents via phone and email (answering questions, defending policy decisions, etc.), Design posters for events and legislative projects (designed poster for Jell-O with the Senator, designed new email header for a daily in-office news report, designed template for new project the Senator wanted to start). I organized files, supplies, and correspondence (I became known as the 'organizer' of the office - and ended up spending a good amount of time reorganizing the front desk supply closet, the Senator's book shelf, and the storage attic). I was able to work directly with Senator Lee's Communications Team and the Senate Steering Committee. I attended meetings, took notes, completed research projects, and attended special events.
What did you learn from this experience?
I learned that although Washington DC, and especially the Federal Government, gets a bad rap, everyone is trying to make the world a better place. I don't always agree with how they want to do that, but I should appreciate the effort. People are inherently good.
How did your courses prepare you for this experience?
I used the skills gained in my communications class in writing and research, some of the organizational skills gained in my business classes, and the political science skills gained in my Civic Engagement classes. Professional memo writing and communications class.