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Update: Rebecca Smalbach's Summer Internship in Washington, D.C.

Rebecca spent her summer in Congressman Jared Huffman's Washington DC office. She worked on both policy and constituent services, doing everything from from national security policy memos to disaster relief briefings to constituent tour planning. 

Some highlights for Rebecca are as follows: "I attended a briefing held by the founder of the PISA, an international assessment measuring student performance around the world. Being able to gain a deeper understanding of various metrics for educational success and how countries utilize different strategies in their education systems allowed me to then write a policy memo to the education staffer in our office detailing the effectiveness of the U.S. education system according to the PISA. I also got the chance to have breakfast with Senator Dianne Feinstein, get stuck in a malfunctioning Capitol subway car with Senator Dean Heller, chat with Congressman Beto O’Rourke about his plans for Texas when I ran into him on my commute home from work, and debate the best James Taylor song with the Representative I worked for, Congressman Jared Huffman.”

Rebecca would give the following advice to future summer interns: "The people in your office will be some of the brightest, most enthusiastic, knowledgeable people you’ve met. Take advantage of their experience and wisdom, and really get to know them. They can give you great input on your career plans and share the life advice they wish they’d known at your age."

What she learned: "Washington DC is such an amazing city to be in as a young person interested in policy and politics. I learned that I absolutely want to build a career in the public sector, working to advance the causes I care about most."

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