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Florida Office of Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinn
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Melanie

Major: International Politics
Minor: N/A
Hometown: Miami, FL

How did you learn about this opportunity?

I learned about this internship through the internet. I wanted to partake in an internship in my field of study while still being located in my hometown, thus I googled for such opportunities and stumbled upon an internship opportunity at the Florida Office of Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen.

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

My experience at the Florida Office of Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen has been unique. I am able to network,meet, and work with people who are not only interest in the same subject I am, but are experiencing it. For example, I have been able to go to events with multiple Florida representatives. I have also been able to work close to my community, Miami, by helping district constituents file their needs at the Florida Office of Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen. My time at the Florida Office of Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen has inspired me to apply to an internship at her DC Office for the 2017 summer. Hopefully by taking this step I will be able to begin networking with more politicians and begin learning more about the constitutional process of our country.

This experience impacted me academically by allowing me to put into practice what I have learned inside Penn State classrooms...

How did this experience impact you academically?

This experience impacted me academically by allowing me to put into practice what I have learned inside Penn State classrooms and by motivating me to work harder both, inside and outside the classroom. Through this internship I have learned why what I have learned is important; I have also experienced what I have learned. For example, after this internship I have been able to put into context why having Franklin Privilege is important and how it affects the lives of constituents. I have also seen why our founding fathers designed a political atmosphere in the matter they did and why all of the process we deem necessary is in fact necessary. Additionally, this internship has opened my eyes and inspired me to work harder in the classroom and outside the classroom in order to continue being eligible for opportunities similar to my current internship.

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

My career goals and plans are focused in domestic politics. After this internship I would like to continue networking and meeting constituents of the district in order to one day be able to officially work with them as a member of their district. This internship inspired my goals and plans by allowing me to sit and work hand in hand with constituents through the Florida Office of Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen. This internship has also impacted my goals and plans by allowing me to see first hand how a Congressional Office impacts the daily activities of our community and how it keeps the wheel moving.

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

I would recommend this experience to other Liberal Students who are interested in the domestic political field because it allows you to see how what you are doing is helping your community and how you change the lives of people in your community by allowing them to have a voice.

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