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.