Why intern?


Tom’s interns report on their experiences:

  • I was able better understand how the government functions…
  • …to better understand what and who make our Republic function…
  • This internship has given me insight on how things work in Congress…
  • My work in Congressman Reed’s office has already given me new perspectives on the operations of our government;

How interesting it would be, if only they had been specific!

I wanted to intern in a Congressional office because it would allow me to engage in hands on political experiences that I could not receive anywhere else. By working for my Congressman, I was able better understand how the government functions and how policies are created. Since my experience on Capitol Hill, I have adapted different skills that could not be taught within a College classroom. This internship was an experience of a lifetime and I am thankful for the opportunity.–Reilly

I wanted to intern in a congressional office in order to better understand what and who make our Republic function at its core and there is no better way to do this than with firsthand experience. I’ve learned so much more than I could in any classroom. I’ve also thought about pursuing international policy as career and this experience has confirmed to me that that is still something I am interested in doing. It has been rewarding being able to find a way to help my neighbors address with the issues they face every day.–Brendan

I Interned for a Congressional Office because I have always been interested in politics and I knew that I wanted a career in it. This internship has given me insight on how things work in Congress and has given me the experience I need going into my senior year of college. My time here on the hill has given me the privilege of being in the heart of our country’s democracy and has given me a front row seat to all of the Political Issues that have unfolded this summer. I will take everything I’ve learned in Congressmen Tom Reed’s office and use it come graduation.– Rosenyi

I have known for a long time that I want to work in politics after college. I want to ensure that I am as prepared as possible next year after graduation, so I have taken jobs at both the state and federal levels of government. The Hill is the beating heart of our Federal Government, and I do not believe my political education would be complete until I spent some time here. My work in Congressman Reed’s office has already given me new perspectives on the operations of our government; I hope to build on these lessons as I continue my career in D.C.–Will

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5 Responses to Why intern?

  1. Rynstone says:

    I suspect there are more than a few male interns who would say something like this;
    “I wanted to work in Politics as an intern until I discoverd that Congressional Democrat nut-job Eric Massa liked to chase young men Interns around shirtless in our hotel and play tickle me Elmo games with us as we wrestled on the beds and floor.”
    Eric Massa also voted against overhauling Healthcare at the Federal level. The Progressive Dems could not have any Democrat members voting against Government run healthcare.


  2. pystew says:

    Maybe the Interns learn Reed’s greatest skill–the art of speaking without being specific.


  3. Anne says:

    The interns write like most good fifth graders write: repeat the question as your opener, give three examples in the body of the work, use your fifth paragraph/sentence as a conclusion. Don’t see evidence of a whole lot of thought or originality here; also curious what their opinions about Lil Nicky and his hijinks might have been; would have made for much more interesting–and believable–reading.


  4. whungerford says:

    I wanted to intern for a congressional office in order to gain experience with the different facets of politics from a hands on perspective. This opportunity has allowed me to better understand the legislative process as well as work with local constituents. –Zane


  5. whungerford says:

    Interning in Congressman Reed’s office has been a great experience. I have been able to learn about the inner workings of government on a daily basis and have been able to network and meet with a number of leaders in a variety of positions and fields. More importantly, a congressional internship allowed me to connect with constituents in our district and get a better understanding of the issues and concerns that we face in the Southern Tier and Western New York. –Colton


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