Ashley Smith

Class of 2007
Major/Minor: Political Science/Economics

Undergrad Highlights

Cater Society Of Junior Fellows Research

My SJF grant allowed me to participate in an unpaid internship at the U.S. Congress. For eight weeks I interned on Capitol Hill with Congressman Wayne Gilchrest’s office. During that time I contributed to the office by giving Capitol Tours, attending legislative hearings and mark-ups, preparing memorandums for the Congressman’s use, and responding to constituent correspondence. I was also fortunate enough to attend an intern lecture series that included speakers like former Secretary of State Colin Powell and former presidential hopeful Dennis Kucinich.

My Capitol Hill experience allowed me to participate in the daily grind of federal policymaking and, in doing so, I was able to apply my “book knowledge” and gain some practical experience in the legislative process. From this experience I was able to network and make valuable connections that I hope will be of value to my resume and future in the political world.