Last Days and Lunch

As my internship drew to a close, it seemed to pick up pace. A fellow intern and I shared a last day, and the phone was off the hook. The amount of phone calls has varied during my internship; but even with our usual sharing of the phones (I take one, you take one) we were both very busy. With the August recess upon us, constituents are wondering about town halls, eager to share their opinions with the senator.

And speaking of the August recess…. we had lunch with the Senator Herself! Although Congress is out of session, the recess is a true ‘working vacation’. Lunch with the interns was squeezed between an event at the University of New Hampshire and a briefing on North Korea. ‘Recess’ is definitely a misnomer. The senator goes home every night with her own homework- a packet of reading to prepare her for the day ahead.

It was great to hear her perspective on recent events such as the healthcare vote and the opioid epidemic (and the comments from the White House calling New Hampshire a ‘drug infested den’), as well as what she expects will be upcoming issues when Congress returns to the Capital.

It was also a chance to meet other interns; along with the other three I knew from the Manchester office, there were three more who worked other times and places. We got to share perspectives and compare experiences; a lot of us enjoyed letter-writing!

Lunch with the senator was a great way to wrap up my internship; it serves as a reminder of why we put in all this work. It takes an office full of people to help constituents and to aid a great lady in doing her job well.

How Many Interns Does It Take to Run a Copier?

Some days are fast. Others are… slower.

The fast-paced days are filled with phone calls and files and (sometimes) new faces. They always provide something new for the mind. I like those days, and I  need to keep in mind that if I did work in this office full time, my days would be regularly scheduled and fairly work-intensive.

It’s on slow days like these that you really appreciate having coworkers (or in my case, co-interns) to share the work with. The busy days can be hectic and stressful (one man called twice in a row to complain vehemently about a current political issue), but they are in some ways preferable to the slow days. The lack of work is dull, and I dislike waiting for orders.

When I don’t have work assigned to me, I keep up on current events and read the daily email compilation of headlines involving the congressional NH delegation, the State House, and highlights of the national news.

But after a while, we all get bored and want something to work on, to dig our mental teeth into.

But if we don’t get it, we try to make it ourselves, divvying work up so as to give us all something to do.

Even if it’s just figuring out the mysteries of the copy machine.

Oh, and how many interns? Three.