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Internship on The Hill

I had the chance of a lifetime this summer: working as an intern with U.S. Senator Kay Hagan in Washington, DC.

I lived and worked on The Hill for five weeks during the second half of summer. Coming to Raleigh from a small town in eastern North Carolina was a major change, as was the transition from Raleigh to the hustle and bustle of D.C.

I interacted with fellow interns and government officials through committee hearings, briefings, and lectures. One of my most memorable committee hearings was when I was able to sit in on the Foreign Relations markup committee for the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Being able to observe senators debate amendments and the language of bills before moving them to the floor for a vote was remarkable.

I gained valuable insights into how our nation’s government operates, and was exposed to widely differing perspectives among our elected leaders. My internship was unforgettable, both professionally and personally. The connections I made will not only be beneficial when it comes time to look for a career in D.C., but also for personal growth and learning about individuals from varying backgrounds.

I am most grateful to Sandra Latta and for the scholarship she endows that made this extraordinary experience possible.

By Bryan Hum

Bryan Hum is a senior majoring in international studies and political science. He is currently applying to law school, and hopes to practice international law and eventually move into Foreign Service.

Learn more about Sandra Latta (Poli Sci ’84) and the Latta Washington Internship Scholarship here