Nebraska Society Internship 2003

Internship: Congressman Lee Terry

My political science major at the University of Nebraska led me to an internship last spring at Lee Terry’s in his district office. It was at the district office where I got to know Lee Terry and where I found out he had selected me to receive the Nebraska Society Intern scholarship. I felt so blessed and thankful for this opportunity because what I had been studying in textbooks and in the classroom would actually be becoming a reality for me!

I cannot begin to describe how incredible this summer was. I have done research for legislation, written a press release, attended committee hearings, toured the White House, saw the Supreme Court state their rulings, attended one of the Medicare Conferences, sat in on CNN’s Crossfire and the list goes on. Political celebrities that I had only read about were passing by me in hallways. Legislation that had seemed to be magically drafted then voted on was actually a confusing, difficult and time consuming process that I got to observe first hand. And a city that I had only seen in postcards and backdrops of news shows became my home for 11 weeks.

With the scholarship money from the Nebraska State Society, I decided to enroll in a government course at Georgetown University. This was a terrific way to supplement my internship with an academic course and receive exposure to such a prestigious university.

Although I will not miss the hour commute or the sweltering humidity, I will always treasure my time here. The staff at Lee Terry’s became my home away from home and they couldn’t have been more hospitable. I truly learned out here that you can never take the Nebraska out of the Nebraskan. In a city full of stressed-out and over-worked east coasters, it was so refreshing and reassuring to be around my Nebraska family at Lee Terry’s and the Nebraska State Society events. I’m not sure what the future holds for me but my path seems veering toward D.C. again. Knowing that the Nebraska State Society and the wonderful staffs of our congressional delegation are here, the move after college from my hometown of Omaha to D.C. will be much easier to swallow. Thank you so much for making this summer possible for me!