Girl Scouts Lead

By Girl Scout Emma M.

As a Congressional Aide in the Office of Representative Barry Loudermilk, I learned more about the legislative process and the 11th district of Georgia.

Due to my interest in international politics, I chose to attend two House Foreign Affairs Committee hearings. The first was a full committee hearing on Advancing U.S. Interests in the Western Hemisphere and the second was a Western Hemisphere subcommittee hearing on the subject of the Nicaraguan Crisis: Next Steps to Advancing Democracy. It was truly fascinating to be in the room with committee members as they discussed today’s pressing issues like human rights violations in Venezuela, corruption in the Ortega government in Nicaragua, and sonic attacks on the U.S. embassy in Havana, Cuba. With guidance from my office’s intern coordinator about proper formatting for memos, I had the chance to write policy memos on both of the hearings.

I also enjoyed answering calls and learning about what issues matter to constituents and why. Over the course of the week I became very confident answering the phones- a generally good skill that I think will benefit me throughout my life.

My week as a congressional aide ended on a high note as I had the opportunity to attend Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan’s intern lecture on Friday morning. I really enjoyed my time on the Hill and want to thank the Girl Scouts of the Nation’s Capital and Congressman Barry Loudermilk and his staff for this amazing experience.

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Congressional Aide is a program by Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital in partnership with congressional offices to provide a week-long shadow program to Girl Scouts in 11th and 12th grades who have expressed an interest in government. Applications for this program will open in spring 2019. For more information visit our website gscnc.org.