by Guest Blogger, Olivia D.
I had a wonderful time this summer as a Girl Scout Congressional Aide working for Congresswoman Kim Schrier, who serves the 8th District in the State of Washington.
I researched wildfire solutions, wrote a memo regarding military nurses’ veteran status, drafted responses to constituent concerns, and worked to keep the contact database up to date. I also learned how important it is to stay on top of constituent sentiments in a purple district like Representative Schrier’s.
Interns are fundamental to the operation of representatives’ offices, because they work hand in hand with each other, legislative and communications staff and occasionally with the representative him or herself. I found the office extremely welcoming. They functioned as a small but powerful unit to achieve all of the daily and long-term tasks required to succeed to serve the public. It seemed to me that regardless of anyone’s specific title, each person had eleven different jobs or responsibilities.
I will admit being starstruck during my week. While delivering a document to a co-sponsor, I came shoulder-to-shoulder with Representative and civil rights icon John Lewis.
I am so grateful for the opportunity to be exposed to the work that will shape our society for years to come!