William Smith senior Christina Amestoy ’11 has her hands full this summer in Washington, D.C., primarily working in one of the U.S. Senate buildings in the Capitol.
Amestoy is interning for Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), the second most senior Senator in the Senate and the senior Senator from her home state of Vermont. Leahy is also the chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which reviews presidential nominees to the federal courts.
Working as one of four interns for his committee staff, Amestoy works on a variety of assignments each day, from compiling news clippings to writing constituent communications and managing meeting rooms near the Senate floor.
The Committee meets at least once a week for hearings. As an intern to the Committee’s Chair, Amestoy also helps set up the hearing room and ensures the Senators and their staff have what they need during the meetings. Recently, most of her time has been spent preparing for Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan’s confirmation hearing.
“The chance to work on a Supreme Court nomination hearing is an amazing opportunity, and I enjoy every moment of it,” she says. “I really love the internship. For someone like me, who has followed politics and government for a long time, it’s fun to be so close to the action.”
As a major in political science, with a concentration in American politics and a double minor in international relations and sociology, Amestoy plans to work in politics and policy, maybe as a staffer on the Hill, much like what she’s doing now.
“I’m not sure exactly what track I hope to take, but I’ve really enjoyed working in the Senate,” she says. With the experience and connections her internship has provided her, she hopes to gain a better understanding of what she would like to do in the future.
Amestoy recently returned from a semester abroad in London, where she interned with a member of Parliament. While on campus, she is a member of several clubs, including HWS Votes, Americans for Informed Democracy, and Amnesty International, and has danced for Koshare the past two years.