My first week as an advocacy intern has introduced me to lobbying on Capitol Hill, watching “The Office” from a new perspective and adventuring off in the D.C. rain to a hearing at the U.S. District Courthouse; let’s not forget the brow full of sweat I brought with me on the way through security as the woman asked me if I was an attorney.
I can remember asking the woman at security “So, where do I enter the courtroom?” She gave me a confused stare and replied with something like,
“You’re here; you’re at the Courthouse.” I worried that I might enter the courtroom where the Judge enters. My nerve clouded mind knew security would never allow an accidental entrance through a wrong door; evidently, I could not access that reasoning. I ended up in the elevator headed to the sixth floor where another intern and I mistakenly got out on the third floor. Coincidentally, he was headed to the same court hearing: the American Petroleum Institute vs. the SEC. My beads of sweat rolled a bit slower when I realized someone else was in a seemingly similar situation.
It has been great getting to know the personalities of my fellow interns—we work well together. During the first week, we connected frequently in prayer; I enjoyed this time spent to reflect about the purpose of using faith as a catalyst for advocacy. It will be interesting to see how my perspective as a raised Catholic evolves as I immerse myself in a faith community and work environment.
As we begin our second week, I find myself more interested in my research associated with Extractive Industries. I am curious to see what might happen after North Korea (DPRK) backed out of its peace talks with South Korea (ROK).