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Jonah Kim

Major: Political Science, Communication Arts & Sciences
Hometown: Lansdale, PA

How did you learn about this opportunity?

I wanted to work on the Hill this summer and I wanted to get more involved with PA politics. I looked up who were the PA Democrats in the House and saw the Congressman Boyle was very close to home. I was already in Washington, D.C. for an internship in the fall of 2016 and so I was able to go to the Congressman's office in the fall and secure my internship then.

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

Obviously I have to do the usual intern grunt work, i.e answer phones, give tours of the Capitol, and process flag requests to be flown over the capitol. However, it is not all that bad knowing all your work is going towards supporting and helping the Congressman, who is incredible and makes day to day work seem less tedious. I am really interested in legislative work and have been getting experience in that field also. For the entire month of May I was the the only policy intern in the Congressman's office. This was advantageous because I got an opportunity to build relationships and trust with the various legislative staffers. So now they trust me to do some very interesting work on some very important issues. One of my favorite things about this internship is the fact that the news I read in the morning will be what I work on when I get to the office. Along with headline news, I have also gotten the opportunity to do some foreign relations and health policy work which are my two passions. Additionally, I have gotten the opportunity to do work on a number of other issues with which I was less familiar, like education and transportation. My two biggest interests are foreign relations and health/healthcare policy. I have been getting plenty of work in these fields ranging from drafting memos to attending briefings.

"...this internship reaffirmed my major and love of politics, but it also reaffirmed my love of the Hill. I know that I want to be back here working full-time as soon as possible."

How did this experience impact you academically?

This experience reaffirms my decision to major in political science. I have loved every second of being on the Hill and I hope to come here after I graduate. One way this experience has impacted me academically actually happened before the internship. I knew I was interning for the Congressman in the fall, so I picked a political science class with a focus on the Middle East and the Arab Israeli conflict because the Congressman is on the House Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa. I wanted to be more knowledgeable in a major issue area for the Congressman. I hope to do more work on this issue as I found this class very interesting and the issue is so relevant to world politics today.

What are your career goals and plans?  How did this experience impact them?

I hope to eventually work on the Hill after I graduate. I would love to eventually work my way up to become a senior legislative staffer in either a house or Senate office. Short term for immediately after I graduate, I would love to be part of a U.S. House Race in PA and work on a campaign. Like I said before, this internship reaffirmed my major and love of politics, but it also reaffirmed my love of the Hill. I know that I want to be back here working full-time as soon as possible.

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

Absolutely! First, I think everyone should have some experience with public service. It's hard work, but learning how to serve constituents and talk to everyday Americans in incredibly valuable. Next, you never know if you are secretly a political wonk. The environment on the Hill is something like no other. Walking the halls and seeing Senators and Congressman casually stroll by is still one of my favorite things ever. Lastly, an internship like this can help you decide whether or not working on the Hill is right for you. It may be a dream job that you never knew was possible or you may find out that this type of work just is not for you.

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