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Published on February 03, 2015

Internship with Senator Murphy's Hartford Office

Kevin SchaffnerA requirement for all political science majors is to complete an internship before graduation. Knowing that one must reach out beyond school grounds to finish an education can be a daunting task but it is actually much easier than you may think.

Political Science internship opportunities are plentiful especially in the state capitol. I recently found myself in one such position. At the office of Senator Murphy in Hartford, I have been given the opportunity to serve the constituents of Connecticut while at the same time experiencing politics first hand and completing a graduate requirement. Along with participating in normal day to day office functions I have had the opportunity to attend a number of events of where I've had the honor of meeting a several notable figures including Congressman Larson, Mayor of Hartford Perdo Sagarra, and State Congresswoman Hilda Santiago, just to name few. Besides the opportunity to create valuable connections, this internship has provided the unique chance to help serve constituents. This comes in the form of casework. Casework ranges from constituents having difficulty with receiving electricity to helping people find affordable state housing. It is rewarding and humbling to be able to help a person who may not have any other options.

Now being half way complete with my internship I have realized the importance such a requirement as it allows a near graduate to form the foundation of a career in public service. If you doubt the importance of an internship I beg you to rethink your stance and apply, apply, apply. Even if you decide not to apply to the Office of Senator Murphy, there are dozens of offices in Hartford that provide a solid ground for those who look to enter politics.

Written by Kevin Schaffner