Eric Priest attended the Washington Center from January 24 to May 4, 2018 and interned with Representative Adam Kinzinger’s congressional office.
I attended the Washington Center from January 24 to May 4, 2018, and interned with Representative Adam Kinzinger’s congressional office. He represents Illinois’ 16th district, is a member of the Republican Party, a former member of the Air Force, and currently a major in the Air National Guard.
The Washington Center (TWC) has had a tremendous impact on jumpstarting my professional career as well as improving my skills and myself as a person. Before this semester I didn’t think I’d be able to work in a congressional office in D.C. away from my friends and family but TWC made that possible. I was able to get a taste of what it is like on the inside of the political stream where I was able to live it as opposed to just reading about it. This semester has changed my mindset by molding me into a professional that’s eager to join the workforce and work to better our society. By working for a congressman I have a new understanding about the inner workings of the office and how legislation is created and how many organizations are in contact with different offices. It has been an eye-opening experience that has made me a more responsible and communicative person by being engaged and having important responsibilities.
From my internship, I gained networking and communication skills, and strengthened my knowledge on policy subjects, especially in foreign affairs. Early on, I worked on projects for the foreign affairs staffer and scribed hearings for him and others in the office. This correlated well with my evening class on U.S. foreign policy because I was able to use information learned in class in my internship and vice versa. By conducting this research I realized I wanted to do something similar to being a staffer back home and possibly come back to Washington D.C. in the future.
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