With ambitions of someday running for office at the state or national level, Elizabeth Chirco ’17 has already been able to experience the rewards of the political arena through an internship with Congressman Tom Reed (R-NY) in his Geneva office.
“After seeing the effect Congressman Reed and his staff have on the people of his district, I cannot wait to further delve into the realm of politics and see what is in store for me,” says Chirco, who is “even more dead set in my path of wanting to get into politics later on in my life.”
A public policy major and political science minor, Chirco began working in Reed’s office earlier this year after Professor of Political Science Iva Deutchman, one of Chirco’s faculty advisers, learned that the office was searching for an intern. During the summer internship, Chirco’s work encompassed the range of responsibilities required in a political office, from corresponding with constituents to organizing and attending events, including Reed’s manufacturing summit and participated in a walk for juvenile diabetes in Trumansburg, N.Y.
On campus, Chirco is a member of the William Smith field hockey team, serves as secretary of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee, president of the William Smith Class of 2017, and is involved with various William Smith Athletics service projects, such as the Community Lunch Program.
She credits both her coursework at the Colleges and the local internship as vital factors towards a political career.
“Being a student at HWS has helped me to gain a better understanding of the City of Geneva because the Colleges are so intertwined with the greater Geneva community,” she says. “After working in Congressman Reed’s Geneva office, I realized how much my knowledge of the community around me helped me in my daily activities.”
Chirco notes that “at an internship where most of the happenings in the office are trying to solve issues that constituents have, I knew I had nothing to worry about,” adding that the Colleges have “taught me to think critically, analyze situations, keep my eyes open, and perhaps most importantly, the Colleges have taught me how to interact with people.”