Student Information

Student Name

Sterling Santamaria




Internship Information

Company/Organization: District 37 Legislative Office

Mentor(s):Rocco A. Mazza (Chief of Staff to Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle)

Topic of Internship

Government/ Politics

Background Information

District 37 is one out of 40 districts that make up the New Jersey Legislature. For each district, there are two Assemblypersons and a Senator. Currently, District 37 is being represented by Assemblyman Gordon M. Johnson, Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Senator Loretta Weinberg. There are two stations for the District 37 Legislative Office: one in Teaneck and another one in Englewood.

Summary of Internship

Most of the work in this internship conists of helping constituents to the best of your abilities. The most exciting part of this internship is when there are significant events going on in the state. As an intern shince the summer, I personally experienced the difficulties the office had to face when it came to handling calls from special interest groups or concerned citizens during the state's shutdown. I also dealt with issues regarding gay rights and the Assembly session that took place to decide whether or not to legalize gay marriage. Last, but not least, I have also been able to actively participate in this year's election campaign. However, not all is as glamorous as it seems. There is a lot of tedious work to handle and there will be angry citizens complaining about certain things. This internship requires a lot of patience, will to work and communication skills.

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