You can’t take the Effect and make it the Cause

November 2, 2011

How many members of Congress are cool enough to quote the rock band White Stripes on the House Floor during a debate about the government shutdown? Congresswoman Donna F.  Edwards of Maryland’s 4th Congressional District is of course! 

I have been working on the Hill for about a month and a half now in her office and my experience has been great. I couldn’t have asked for a better staff, and fortunately I have been given the autonomy to do a lot of interesting things as an intern. I attended and took notes for Legislative Assistants at several briefings, attended an Intern 101 course where they shared tips and strategies on how to be a better intern, and learned how to cultivate and efficiently use the resources that I have been given to prospectively find a job. One highlight during my time here, was taking a tour of the Senate Chamber with my staff members. Furthermore, this weekend I will be helping with a College Fair being organized by Congresswoman Edwards to advocate college readiness in the Prince George’s and Montgomery County areas.

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity. I’m just a small town Minnesota girl who decided to take a chance and apply for an internship that would challenge me as well as take advantage of the resources available in a bigger city. I couldn’t have made a better choice.  Although I have only been here for a short time, I feel an internal drive and confidence that I never had before. Meeting and forming relationships with so many strong, beautiful and smart women has really made a powerful impact on me.

From the supportive staff of Running Start to the Chief of Staff in my office, and the Congresswoman herself, I stand in awe of what these women have accomplished. This internship has opened a door for me that I would have never dreamed could be opened for me. But now that I am here, the possibilities for my future are limitless and no longer limited to a few paths. What will be my next step? Your guess is as good as mine. But I have an insurmountable optimism in my foreseeable future.

Star Fellow: Marie Verbeten
Office: Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards (MD-4)
Graduate of: University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Degree: Child Psychology, Minor in African American Studies
Future Academic Aspirations: Master’s in Public Health and Public Policy

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