Student Information

Student Name

Avinash Melkote

Email

avimel@epsd.org

Academy

Law

Internship Information

Company/Organization: Legislative Office of Senator Gerald Cardinale

Mentor(s):John McDonald and Terry Ricca

Topic of Internship

Politics/Government

Background Information

The Legislative Office of Senator Gerald Cardinale is located in Cresskill, NJ and serves New Jersey's 39th Legislative District. The staff in the office provide constituent services in various matters, including unemployment, driver’s licenses, and insurance issues. Senator Cardinale is a Republican from Demarest, NJ who represents the Northeastern tip of Bergen County. He is a dentist by profession, and he has an office in Fort Lee. Senator Cardinale served in the New Jersey General Assembly from 1980 to 1981 and he has served in the New Jersey Senate since 1982. He also served as Mayor of Demarest from 1975 to 1979. In the Senate, he is a member of the Commerce and Judiciary Committees. Senator Cardinale has gained a reputation fighting to end corruption, control government spending, and cut taxes for New Jersey taxpayers.

Summary of Internship

My internship has offered me a valuable insight of New Jersey’s state legislature. As an intern at the Office of Senator Gerald Cardinale, I am responsible for performing daily office tasks. I usually begin the day by opening and sorting the mail. Constituents often call the office when they need help on an issue, and I write down the necessary information and give it to the appropriate staff member. By interacting with staff members and constituents, I have been able to learn the communication skills that are required in an office setting. My other responsibilities include filing important papers, making copies, and stuffing envelopes for mass mailings. I also sort invitations for the senator’s schedule and search addresses for condolence letters and memorials. As I have interned at Senator Cardinale’s office, I have gained a better understanding of the New Jersey state government. Anyone who is interested in politics and government should pursue the opportunity to intern in a legislative office.

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