Eileen Casey ’07 is a getting a taste of political life this summer. The rising William Smith senior is keeping up with the issues that matter to voters, interning in the office of Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.).
Casey, who is a double major in political science and religious studies, spotted an opening for an intern in the senator’s Albany office and decided to send in her resume. Soon, she received a call from the Assistant Regional Director and was quickly offered the job.
Casey is taking charge of some of the most critical efforts of the office, taking calls from constituents and listening to their suggestions and concerns. “We deal with some very serious issues,” said Casey. “Interacting with constituents can be very eye-opening and interesting,” said Casey, talking about the issues with voters “is frequently the highpoint of my day.”
When the phones aren’t ringing off the hook, Casey helps the press office in Washington, D.C. keep abreast of the latest developments, scouring media outlets for mention of the senator and his work. All this experience has given her a lot to think about, as well as a new take on our nation’s politics. “I’m very interested in doing this as a career,” said Casey, “especially in political public relations.”
Bob Murphy, director of the Colleges’ Career Services Office remarked that “political internships are a critical step toward gaining the requisite experience in this competitive field. Our office always encourages this kind of initiative and self networking.”