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Sabina Cerbu's experience in Washington, DC

October, 23 2012

On Monday 14th I started my first day internship in the Congress, House of Representative, Marcia L.Fudge congresswoman's office. I was met by LaDavia Drane, Legislative Director, who introduced me to the team members and explained in brief their top interest matters on the Congress legislative agenda. We set my internship agenda and established my professional interests and expectations from this internship. We agreed that each day I would spend 2 hours in the Congress Law Library for individual research. The same day I was provided with a lot of research readings concerning the American legislative process conducted by the Congressional Research Service.

 

The same week I attended a small training for Congress interns held at Congressional Research Center which works exclusively for the United States Congress, providing policy and legal analysis to committees and Members of both the House and Senate, regardless of party affiliation. We were trained how and where to search information for our assignments during our internship.

 

I ended up my first week of internship by receiving an assignment concerning the student's loan bill. I was requested to make a research on the treatment of student loans in the federal bankruptcy code and whether this treatment ought to change. In this context, we had a meeting with representatives from other congressman's office discussing on the same initiative.

 

At the weekend I spend more time with my host family and enjoyed a real American life style. On Friday night I was invited by my host family to attend an event at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The following day, I went with my host family and The Little Falls Watershed Alliance volunteers to a park to remove a lot of climbing plants from trees and give them space to grow. The Little Falls Watershed Alliance is an all-volunteer group of concerned citizens interested in protecting the fragile natural environment in lower Montgomery County and adjacent DC neighborhoods.

 

October 27 - I had an amazing briefing on federal judiciary system with Rutkus Steve, Specialist on the Federal Judiciary at the Congressional Research Service and his colleagues. We discussed about judiciary independence, judges' appointment and disciplinary procedures. We really enjoyed having such fruitful end of the week!!!Many many thanks to our supervisors!

 

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