“Attending the inauguration was a moving experience for me. The relatively peaceful transfer of power from one administration to the next is something many countries cannot achieve. I am grateful for the institutions of democracy the U.S. upholds,” says former STF Intern Ijeoma Oti, who currently is a USC student in the university’s D.C. program. Ijeoma received inauguration tickets from Congresswoman Pelosi’s office, and also attended the Women’s March in DC with a majority of the students in her program the day after the inauguration.
Ijeoma, who is an intern for Los Angeles Congressmember Karen Bass, describes her work day: “There’s a work-hard, play-hard atmosphere in our office, which is open from 8:30-6:00, and is extremely fast paced. It resembles most of the TV shows. We really do watch C-span all day and are constantly updating the website and prepping statements for incoming calls.”
“Everyone is into politics. Everyone knows what’s going on. There are even rules like walk left/stand right that people follow in order to allow the town to run fast and efficiently,” reports Ijeoma.
Other former STF members and interns currently in Washington, D.C. are:
Reuben Bank, Undergraduate student at George Washington University
Amy Calfas, Generation Democracy Program Officer at International Republican Institute
Sarah Bessell, Staff Attorney at The Human Trafficking Pro Bono Legal Center
Travis Fujita, Undergraduate student at Georgetown University
Claire Goldberg, Undergraduate student at Georgetown University
Sharon Han, Intern at Representative Adam Schiff’s office
Daniel Lynn, Master of Arab Studies student at Georgetown University
Alex Sleisenger, Master in International Economics student at Johns Hopkins
Anne Stotler, Presidential Management Fellow at U.S. Department of State
And many more!
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