Name: Kathryn Crummitt
Internship, Co-op or Research Site: Maryland General Assembly
Position Title: Legislative Intern
Major(s)/Minor(s): Global Studies and Media and Communication Studies
Current Class Level: Sophomore
Work Term: Spring 2021
Tell us about your internship, co-op, or research opportunity, including your day-to-day responsibilities.
Due to COVID-19 I am teleworking. I work twice a week as a legislative intern for Delegate Mike Griffith in the Maryland General Assembly during its annual January-April session. A few of my day to day responsibilities are working as a constituent responder, tracking bills, checking the Delegate's voice messages, uploading constituent contacts to a database, and any other side projects that might pop up.
Describe the process of obtaining your position. When did you hear of the position and submit your application?
I used networking to obtain this position. A friend of mine from UMBC worked with Delegate Mike Griffith last session and enjoyed her experience. I had met his Chief of Staff before and emailed her inquiring about the position. In addition, I researched that with this internship I would not only gain experience in state policy and legislation but also earn academic credit by enrolling in the UMBC intern success practicum with Dr. Laura Hussey.
What have you enjoyed the most about your position or organization?
I love my work, I have a great degree of autonomy and independence. I can manage my work with my Full-time Study enrollment.
How do you believe you have made an impact through your work?
By being a great listener and sharing what I believe ("as it's an important form of Honesty").
What advice would you give to another student who is seeking an internship or similar experience?
Be confident, no one learns by birth, you will get a great chance to learn if you experience it.
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