Student Information

Student Name

Ariel Oliver





Internship Information

Company/Organization: District 37 Legislative Office (Teaneck)

Mentor(s):Philip Meisner & Everyone Else

Topic of Internship

Local/State Government

Background Information

The District 37 Legislative Office in Teaneck is a small governmental office focused on resolving the issues of those who reside in District 37. This area includes the towns Teaneck, Hackensack, Englewood, Englewood Cliffs, Bergenfield, Leonia, Bogota, Ridgefield Park, Rochelle Park, Palisades Park, Maywood, and Tenafly. The office houses the State Senator, Ms. Loretta Weinberg and her hard working staff. Their duties range from resolving constituent issues, scheduling various events, responding to constituents about certain bills, and carrying out various clerical duties. On the staff’s spare time they help organize campaigns in a separate office. The Senator also makes decisions on existing and proposed state laws that come up in session in Trenton, and makes her decision with her constituents’ best interest in mind. The Teaneck office is just one of the District 37 Legislative offices. There is also an office located in Englewood that houses Assemblyman Gordon Johnson and Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle. They too work to keep their constituents content and complete the District 37 team of representatives.

Summary of Internship

My workload at the office entails helping to schedule certain events. There is a lot of calling and correspondence involved. When talking to so many people it is important to keep things light but at the same time carry a certain level of responsibility. I also help to respond to emails from constituents about bills that come up in session. I simple explain the Senator’s view on the issue and advise them to continue contacting the office if they have anymore questions. I would also help with campaigning, when the time came to it, in a separate office. This includes mass mailing and lawn sign assembling. The more general work at my internship include answering telephones, taking messages, assisting people who come into the office, and checking and sending mail. Everyone in the office makes coming to internship more fun because they are so approachable. There are so few people in the office that they appreciate all the help they get. Every time I leave I hear, thanks for all your help today.

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