Board of Directors
Simply put, unpaid congressional internships should not leave young changemakers in debt or financial straits. I truly believe that The Hill should reflect the best of the best — not just those who can afford it. In order to fundamentally change Congress, we must start at the most entry level position, the internship. By creating College to Congress the first door in helping remarkable students gain access to the political system has been opened.
One of the greatest barriers to entry for internships on Capitol Hill are the costs involved to live and work in one of the nation's most expensive cities. Our next generation of leaders will come from all across the financial spectrum, we cannot allow these opportunities to be prohibited simply because of financial hardship. College to Congress can help bridge that gap through providing critical resources to enable students in need a chance to secure a congressional internship.
Having a career on Capitol Hill is a remarkable privilege that anyone with a passion for policy and politics should have the opportunity to pursue. DC is in constant need of inspired ideas, and the best ideas tend to emerge when a room is full of people from diverse backgrounds. College to Congress is such a wonderful mission because no individual should be deterred from working on Capitol Hill because of financial hardships.
The talent pool on Capitol Hill would be much more diverse if socioeconomic status did not eliminate so many quality individuals from working on the Hill. I have full faith that College to Congress will give an opportunity for people to shine, and will lead to valuable contributions to the legislative process from people who otherwise would not have that opportunity.
Interning on Capitol Hill is a life changing opportunity and no one should be deterred from applying for personal or financial reasons. College to Congress empowers students from every background to start a new career in public policy while providing a support system to see them succeed. It's an honor to work with College to Congress to identify and invest in talented individuals with a desire for public service.
I remember coming to DC 16 years ago and learning how difficult it was to obtain an internship in a Congressional office. Sometimes the only thing standing in the way of success is an opportunity. By covering the interns’ cost during the internship and providing mentorship and guidance, I see the organization as a way for today’s young minds to become tomorrow’s leaders.
I firsthand understand what it means to be a student with all the potential in the world but lack the resources or options to activate that talent. I feel a deep conviction to keep the door of opportunity open for other deserving students who show a commitment to bettering their communities. In a political season marked by what divides us as a nation, it is a breath of fresh air to be a part of a bipartisan movement that moves the country forward.
As a political law attorney who regularly works with Members of Congress and their staff, I know the important role interns play in enabling congressional offices to function. However, for many college students seeking internships on Capitol Hill, it is far too often the case that the high cost of living in Washington, D.C. impedes their ability to take these coveted jobs. College to Congress opens doors to these bright young men and women who would otherwise not have the means to come to Washington D.C. and participate in our legislative process.
I understand the invaluable experience I gained while working for Congress. Unfortunately, the reality is that many students can’t swing the high cost of DC living with a small paycheck or none at all. College to Congress allows bright and passionate students the opportunity to walk the halls of Congress and gain exposure to the legislative process first hand.
I strongly believe College to Congress has the power to change the cultural dynamics on Capitol Hill, one intern at a time. Every year, deserving students miss opportunities to learn about our country’s political system, and Congressional offices lose talented young professionals and diverse ideas to other sectors. This must change, and College to Congress has the power to make it happen.