Carmel Gutherz, Fall 2018 – Sociology major, interned with U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley.
While I was in DC, I put my professional skills and academic knowledge to the test while gaining new perspectives and insight from the hands-on work of my internship. I grew a stronger appreciation of the political process, and the work that goes on “behind the scenes” on the Hill. Most of all, I learned how much I love speaking to constituents, and the importance of strong constituent relations to being an excellent public servant.
If you are California born and raised, getting an out-of-state experience like UCDC enhances your understanding of the climate beyond the California bubble – which is critically important. You grow an appreciation of what it means to be a Californian, but even more importantly, exposure to the issues and experiences of others across the country.
Favorite Course: American Political Journalism with Carlos Lozada was the perfect course to take, especially during this time of increased media scrutiny at the national level. The course pushed me to think of news more reflexively.
Favorite Memory: The photo attached is of Senator Jeff Merkley and me on my internship “Shadow Day.” I got to attend all of the Senator’s meetings and appointments including a late night taping of The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell at MSNBC’s Washington DC studio.