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House Energy and Commerce Committee
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Anthony Stem

Liberal Arts Major(s): Political Science
Minor: Music
Hometown: New Freedom, Pennsylvania

What was the best part of your experience?

It was an honor to assist the Energy and Commerce staff as they advanced legislation through the policy process. During my internship, the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act passed through the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, full Energy and Commerce Committee, and the House of Representatives. Playing a small part in advancing this bipartisan bill was a privilege.

As an aspiring policymaker, I cherished this opportunity to better understand how congressional committees shape public policy

How did this experience impact you academically?

Throughout the internship, I utilized information from various courses at Penn State, particularly PLSC 419 (The Bureaucratic State) and PLSC 471 (American Constitutional Law). These courses provided the policy fundamentals and understanding of government nomenclature necessary to perform research and assist committee staff. The experience enabled me to refine my writing and proofing abilities, skills that will be useful for my remaining college courses and beyond.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

As an aspiring policymaker, I cherished this opportunity to better understand how congressional committees shape public policy. Through my work with the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, I deepened my understanding of the legislative process and became better versed in telecommunications policy. I was particularly fascinated by the work of committee counsels, who hold a unique role as subject matter experts for the House of Representatives and key advisors to lawmakers.

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