Internship Spotlight: U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee

Current student Arielle Galinksy shared the following about being an intern on the Health Subcommittee in the U.S House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee

How did you find this internship?
I connected with a Tufts alumna, who worked as Professional Staff for the Committee, the year prior and she shared the opportunity to apply for an internship.

What did you enjoy most about your internship? 
As a Fellow with the Ways and Means Committee, I was given the opportunity to prepare talking points for Committee members, conduct in-depth legislative research projects on areas of significant interest such as nursing home care and reproductive access, and write memos for the Ranking Member. It was not only an incredible learning and growth opportunity, but it also allowed me to be in the middle of where it all happens – which was truly so energizing.

What did you find challenging?
For me, one aspect of working on the Hill that can be frustrating at times is the inability to come to a consensus on a given policy solution due to deep partisan differences, leading to an overall lack of change in many cases. This stagnancy ultimately only serves to hurt Americans who could benefit from changes in the American healthcare system, small and large.

What advice would you offer to someone who wants to make the most of an internship like yours?
My main advice would be to talk to everyone and anyone who will engage in a conversation, and to go to every event and learning opportunity that is made accessible to you. During my time on the Hill, I made a point to reach out to at least 10 new people every week to ask them for an opportunity to connect and grab coffee. Sure, some attempts are unsuccessful, but you accept those that are and you learn from some pretty inspiring people along the way!

By Sheryl Rosenberg
Sheryl Rosenberg Associate Director