Alisa Tiwari, 2014, Undeclared
This past summer, I decided to pursue an internship in the Office of Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) in order to advance my understanding of the challenges of developing and implementing public policy initiatives. My goal was to learn about the legislative process for change as well as how to be of service to my community by researching environmental issues. As an intern, I gained invaluable insights into congressional processes. My responsibilities included producing a daily press packet, researching current legislation, responding to constituent concerns, attending committee briefings, working on office publications, and developing memos or talking points for the Senator. Working inside our political system allowed me to establish a framework for understanding the concerns that currently face our country and the process necessary to instigate change. The internship solidified my interest in public service, community awareness, and environmental issues and furthered my intentions to pursue a course of study in politics, history, and economics.