Congressman Josh Gottheimer
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Michael Sutnick

Major: Global and International Studies; Spanish
Hometown: Haworth, NJ

How did you learn about this opportunity?

Working for Congressman Gotthiemer has been a great honor. I applied online and had a phone interview the next day.

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

This summer, I am honored to have the opportunity of interning at the Washington D.C. office of New Jersey’s 5th District Congressman, Congressman Josh Gottheimer. Here, I will be writing memos on legislation that directly affects the residents in my district, giving tours of the Capital to constituents, and attending many important congressional hearings and briefings. I will be able to get hands on experience how decisions are made and the affects they have on the residents in my community, the people of our country and everyone in the world. This experience will give me useful skills on how to make critical decisions and how to read important legislation. All my memos and letters will eventually go to the Congressman himself.

This experience will give me useful skills on how to make critical decisions and how to read important legislation.

How did this experience impact you academically?

Capital Hill interns get special government access to unique hearings and briefing. I am taking advantage of this and attending The National Security Implications of Climate Change briefing and hopefully to James Comey’s testimony. Furthermore, since Congressman Gottheimer doesn’t have enough time to read every single piece of legislation, it is my job to do intensive reports on bills and amendments. Unlike most offices, the Congressman is serving his first term so this gives our interns the opportunity to work on more legislation. This previous week, I researched H.R. 1957, Safe Schools Improvement Act, an amendment that helps prevent bullying and harassment against LGBTQ students. I had to find out which Representatives sponsor and cosponsor the bill and carefully read through the entirety of the information.

What are your career goals and plans?  How did this experience impact them?

I want to hopefully go to the Peace Corps after college. I believe that community service is the best way to give back to your community. I feel the best community service is public service and to ensure that your community is safe and in a good situation.

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

I would recommend this internship to anyone in any major. The experiences is like no other and you find great resources.

For more information on internships for Liberal Arts students, visit our website.

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