This summer, I had the privilege of interning at the office of Senator Tammy Duckworth of Illinois. Senator Duckworth is an inspiration. She is a veteran, a former Black Hawk piolet, and her most recent accolade, the first woman to bring a newborn onto the Senate floor. During my week on the Hill I learned that her office is also equally inspiring. I spent my week shadowing the other interns, learning about their journey to the Hill, and sometimes grabbing a coffee with them.
During my week, I was invited to take part in a social media campaign hosted by Texas Representative Sheila Jackson, called #HijabisOnTheHill. This campaign showcased the diversity and presence of the head-scarf adorning Muslims on Capitol Hill.
Beyond #HijabisOnTheHill, I was able to meet Senator Duckworth, something that many long term interns still had yet to do — meeting the Senator, was a fantastic experience. As a young political enthusiast, there wasn’t anyone I could aspire to become, until hearing from Hillary Clinton in 2012, and it was inspiring and uplifting to see more women and women of color, in politics on a national scale like Senator Duckworth.
Girl Scout Congressional Aide enhanced my desire to be a presence on the Hill, as an intern, employee, or as an elected official. The Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital opens many doors for us, and to be able to be a part of the Congressional Aide program without even graduating or earning a fellowship is just an example of those openings.
My week on the Hill was a fantastic experience, and this internship was the perfect way to mark the end of my twelve years as a Girl Scout.