Guest Blog: Congressional Aide Shares her Experience on Capitol Hill

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Guest Blog by Morgan B., who shadowed Rep. Bennie Thompson for a week

By being a Congressional Aide I learned about how a congressional office works on a daily basis. It is really cool because we live so close to Washington, D.C. and rarely get to see how this country is run. I gained a greater understanding about how the government works by asking lots and lots of questions and by getting involved, like attending meetings and working on projects. My favorite part of being a Congressional Aide was getting to work with the press secretary because I am interested in the media aspect of things. When I worked with the press secretary, I got to update the website, send out press releases, and meet constituents who came up to meet Congressman Thompson of the 2nd district of Mississippi.

The most challenging thing was trying to navigate through the Rayburn House Building, the building I was in. Another challenging thing was trying to help the people calling who had extensive comments and questions regarding anything to do with Congress. The most exciting part of my week was getting to go up to the Capitol after the members had just voted down the Farm Bill and getting to see all the media interviews and craziness that comes with turning down a bill. Another exciting part of my week was going on a tour of the Capitol with constituents from Mississippi and getting to use the underground tunnels. This opportunity has given me exposure to a lot of job options in the future and the workforce in general. By being a Congressional Aide I am able to bring even more diversity because not every Girl Scout gets to be a Congressional Aide. I really enjoyed being a Congressional Aide and I highly recommend it to any Girl Scout in the Washington D.C. area.