U.S. House of Representatives: Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick
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Alexander Hansen

Liberal Arts Major(s): Political Science
Minor: German and Business in the Liberal Arts
Hometown: Warrington, Pennsylvania
Experience Time: Summer 2021

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

This summer, I communicated with Congressman Fitzpatrick's constituency on a daily basis, worked with Federal Agencies to solve the public's problems, worked with fellow interns and office staff who handle casework to provide accurate and fast solutions for the public, cooperated with Federal institutions, such as the IRS, Selective Service, etc., and performed Ad Hoc. analysis (EX: Utilizing software such as Internet Quorum) on regional issues and concerns within the Congressman's district. I also interacted with office staff, the Congressman himself, and other interns on a daily basis in his Langhorne district office.

"With a German minor, I have the unique opportunity to take my language skills and use them to help the Congressman's staff when working with the large German-American population who live in Bucks County."

How did this experience impact you academically?

As a Political Science major, I have been enrolled in classes taught by Gregory Kruczek (PLSC 420), Bumba Mukherjee (PLSC 436), Vineeta Yadav (PLSC 453), and Jim Piazza (PLSC 14). However, Political Science classes are theory-based and rarely offer students the chance to apply concepts to domestic affairs. For example, the state expands through the bureaucracy and must extract resources from the population, in the form of taxes, to fund the bureaucracy. When handling casework regarding IRS tax codes, I can apply this state-building concept and see how the United States funds its bureaucracy and services offered to its citizens. With a German minor, I have the unique opportunity to take my language skills and use them to help the Congressman's staff when working with the large German-American population who live in Bucks County.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This experience will provide me with the knowledge of how I want to shape my future career, and give me a game plan to obtain my future goals. In the future, I want to work for a Senator and act as either a policy analyst or legislative assistant in order to see how certain policies would benefit or hurt the people we serve, and help form/recommend policies that benefit the constituency. However, after serving as an intern for Congressman Fitzpatrick and handling casework for the people he represents, I could realize I absolutely hate that and never want to do it again. From there, I can reconsider how I can best serve my community - whether that be as a news correspondent, who provides accurate descriptions and reports about events and bills, or working for a lobbying firm to best voice the concerns of the people.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

With one of my parents being unemployed, budget constraints surfaced and impacted my college education. As such, my family and I have faced financial hardships and uncertainty during the COVID-19 pandemic. By applying to have the Career Enrichment Network fund this experience, I was able to prosper and thrive at my summer internship by having travel and technology expenses paid for.

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