Lauren Bell

Lauren Bell

Major: Political Science

Tell us about your internship – what kind of work did you do? What did you find rewarding?

Lauren Bell

I was the first line of contact for constituents from my member’s district. While I started the internship answering phones and helping our coms director compile news briefings, I then began to held our legislative team with memos, sit in on meetings, give tours of the Capitol, and write letters to constituents.

Have your career or life goals changed as a result of your internship? If so, how? 

Yes. I chose my major based on the fact I wanted to go to law school after undergrad. However, after getting to work in the U.S. House of Reps, I have learned I can cultivate a career around the law and democratic process without needing to go to law school. After this internship I have decided I will be coming back to DC next year to start a career in policy.

Share an exciting memory from your internship – something unexpected, an accomplishment, someone you met. 

I had the opportunity to witness the unveiling of 2 new statues in Statuary Hall, Mary Mcleod Bethune (FL) and Amelia Earhart (KS). In a building almost entirely represented by men, it felt like a great step forward to have women finally memorialized and celebrated.

Lauren Bell

Did your internship lead to any opportunities?

Yes, being able to be surrounded by staffers working the jobs I one day want to do, I was able to connect with staffers from different offices and cultivate new connections for when I come back to work in DC

Share a story about something special you did in Washington – an event you attended, a place you went, an exciting talk, etc. 

I had the opportunity to see Hamilton the musical at the Kennedy Center. I grew up listening to this soundtrack, so getting to see the show in person, in D.C. was incredible. I was also on the Hill when the Dobbs V. Jackson case overturned abortion rights. It was an emotional day, but to be able to run to the Supreme Court and engage in protests moments after the decision was announced was something I will never forget.

Do you have any advice for future UCDC students?

Memorize the Metro map, invest in comfortable shoes, and don’t waste a moment here. There is always something to do and see in this incredible town.

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