Executive Assistant/Scheduler/Deputy Manager (Former Employee) – Washington, DC 20515 – June 2, 2018
I really do not have time to expound upon the benefits and opportunities to soar, the challenges and the personal and professional rewards of working there.
Some Member Offices may not be as growth-centered as others, some Members may be difficult to work for...but if you continually 'deliver the goods' and can be recognized for doing so you WILL survive the tumultuous times. This environment has many challenges, stress factors may be present as in ANY job. The difference is how you respond to the challenges, how you react to the pressures that will arise 'To Get The Job Done.' How resilient are you? How determined are you? How analytical are you? It takes an analytical mind to see the task or project, consider the 'pieces' it will take to accomplish it, and execute.
I loved it. It gave me to room to grow, to master the arena I oversaw, to make extraordinary connections and friend both within the Congressional Complex and outside in major industry and corporations.
And guess what else? When I first began it was in the Senate. Because the job advertisement did not SAY it was a position serving a U.S. Senator, I did NOT KNOW when hired that I would be working for a U.S. Senator until the fourth weekly staff meeting!! When I asked in that meeting WHY did the advertisement NOT TELL that important piece, I was told this: "We did not want a person who wanted to work just BECAUSE it was on Capitol Hill. We wanted a person who wanted to work - period." Well, there you have it.
Some late hours, scheduled and unscheduled (when the business/votes/debates run beyond 6 PM).
Staff Asst./Caseworker (Former Employee) – Warner Robins, GA – March 13, 2018
The only part of this whole job that I enjoyed was helping constituents who really needed help. Other then that too many lies to keep up with and very stressful. It got to the point where I had to document my whole day so when asked about an event took place I would have the truth about what I heard, if I said anything and who was involved. I also felt like I was constantly being watched which I know sounds weird and maybe I was paranoid but it was too stressful.
Congressional Intern, Rep. Terri Sewell (Former Employee) – Washington, DC – March 5, 2018
As a congressional intern, I worked approximately 40-50 hours a week to maintain a high-paced work environment around government and policy officials in Washington D.C. I would definitely recommend anyone interesting in politics in any fashion to seek employment on The Hill.
Legislative Aide (Former Employee) – Washington, DC – February 22, 2018
Working as a staffer in Congress completely depends on the member you work for and the existing staff. With such a small number of people working in each office, you need to make sure you get along well with them.
Press Secretary (Current Employee) – Washington, DC – February 15, 2018
Working for Congress is engaging. The environment is fast-paced, and the work is always changing and the nature of the work is very rewarding, as it is at the epicenter of what is happening in America.
Work at the House of Representatives as a teenager
U.S. House of Representatives Page (Former Employee) – Washington, DC – January 30, 2018
The now de-funded Congressional Page Program brought 16 and 17 year-olds to live, study, and work on Capitol Hill. Going to school in the attic of the Library of Congress in the morning, and working on the House floor in the afternoon was an unforgettable life experience. For anyone interested in this, the Senate still runs a similar program.