Guest Blog: Olivia’s Week On The Hill

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.

Olivia Dale - ConvoWithRepSchrierInterns 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!