U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Michael McCaul
Fall 2012 Site Review
Position: Congressional Intern
Student: Economics Sophomore
Working as an intern for Congressman Michael McCaul has been a great experience for me. A few awesome things that I got to do throughout the semester include, attending the congressman’s election watch party at the Four Seasons, congratulate Olympians from the Austin area such as Andy Roddick, as well as getting to be a part of Congressman McCaul’s staff when he became the Chairman of Homeland Security.
Every day working for the congressman was pretty similar to the next, and there was a pretty set schedule. I would get to the office at nine on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and the first thing I made sure to do were basic things such as making sure there was paper in the printer, checking the messages etc. Next, I would get settled in at my desk and I would check my email to see what project I had to complete for the day. Sometimes there would be nothing that needed to be completed, so I would get lucky and be able to work on homework or study for a part of the day. I would then begin working on my project whether it be helping to write a speech for the congressman, calling different government offices or planning the congressman’s recess schedule for the weeks he wasn’t in D.C. At some point in the day I would get a lunch break for about an hour, and I could drive anywhere I wanted to eat. When I got back my responsibilities included talking to constituents about their casework whether it be on the phone or in person.
Like I said, working for the congressman has been a great experience for me, and although each congressional office runs things in their own way, I’m sure that any other office would be a great experience as well. This opportunity was definitely a once in a life time deal for me, and I am very glad that I did it.