Company/Organization: Congressman Steve Rothman's Office
Topic of Internship
The Office of Congressman Steve Rothman works for New Jersey's Ninth Congressional District by securing federal funds for local programs, protecting the Meadowlands, fighting aircraft noise, and providing general constituent services. Congressman Steven R. Rothman is a Democrat from Fair Lawn representing the southern portion of Bergen County, parts of northern Hudson County, and the Borough of Hawthorne in Passaic County in New Jersey's Ninth Congressional District. Now serving in his sixth term, Steve is a member of the Defense, Foreign Operations, Agriculture, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Subcommittees of the powerful House Appropriations Committee. The Office of Congressman Rothman fights to ensure the civil liberties of constituents and improve the conditions of our every day citizens.
Summary of Internship
My internship at Congressman Rothmanís office has been a very educational experience. At this internship I was exposed to many things that an average person working in the political field would be doing. I go to the office once a week every Thursday. I have my own room with my own desk and computer at the office. My mentor Alixon Collazos is in charge of me and gives me different assignments and projects to do every week. In the office there are many other employees working for Congressman Rothman, most of the time the employees in the office are either dealing with constituents on the phone or planning the Congressmanís next public appearance. Politics is a very public oriented job and in order for you to stay on top of the political game you have to always maintain a majority of the support from the public. This means that you have to listen to everyoneís criticism and help people solve their problems, if you disregard other people youíll be out of the political game before you know it. When Constituents call the office theyíre problems are all very different and some may seem less important then others, but you still have to treat each person with the same level of respect. For example one person may call because their mother is having a hard time getting a visa to come to the United States in order to get out of a country thatís in the middle of a war, and another woman may call because she has been getting the wrong personís mail for a couple of days. Obviously one of these issues may seem more life threatening then the other, but you still have to treat both of these people with the same amount of respect. I am very thankful I get to deal with real people and get real world job experience as a 17 year old.
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