UC Law student, Cameron Eade shares his experience in Washington which included an exciting visit from the captain himself…
“Underground tunnels, exploring the White House, and a visit from Captain America himself. For two and a half months, this was our daily reality while interning at the United States House of Representatives in Washington DC. Throughout this time we assisted in various legislative research projects, attended congressional hearings, and answered many “fruitful” phone calls from very passionate constituents troubled by their government. Perhaps the most amazing part of working in Congress was never knowing who we would pass by in the corridors – whether that be sharing an elevator with Ilhan Omar, eating lunch beside Jerry Nadler in the cafeteria, or having AOC physically bump into us. Being political junkies, we often had to pinch ourselves to check we weren’t really dreaming.
If we had to sum up the experience in three words, they would be chaotic, insightful, and unforgettable. With both impeachment and Iranian tensions dominating headlines for our entire internship, we got a truly first-hand experience of the polarised American world of “Democrats vs. Republicans”. It was often daunting to witness the broad influence misinformation and alternative facts has across their society, but nevertheless a vital learning opportunity. We were sad to say goodbye to Washington, but left feeling fulfilled with our countless experiences (and, most importantly, a selfie with Chris Evans).”