In the fifth edition of our Bison Summer Series, softball senior Celina Antonellis talks about the internships she completed at the offices of Congresswoman Niki Tsongas and Senator Ed Markey and her volunteer efforts at her local library.
This summer, my time has been split between working on law school applications and volunteering at my local library. In past summers, I have participated in both full and part-time internships at the offices of Congresswoman Niki Tsongas and Senator Ed Markey. I found these internships by searching for my representatives online and applying through their respective websites.
Both experiences were incredibly rewarding because I was able to see the inner workings of a local representative's office. While my duties largely consisted of answering the office phone and redirecting calls when necessary, I was also able to participate in a considerable amount of research and individual casework. I also found grants available to local non-profits, helped constituents find the necessary services to meet their needs and drafted correspondence for the representative (I got to write a few of Niki Tsongas's Tweets). As somebody who has always aspired to public office, both internships taught me a great deal about the representative-constituent relationship, as well as the importance of listening to others' opinions, no matter how dissenting they may be.
More recently, while I was at my local library studying for the LSAT (one of the most dreaded ways to spend four hours, but a necessary component of every law school application), I realized that I really enjoyed spending my time there. That and my dog wasn't as much of a distraction to my studies while I was at the library. This led me to pursue a position as a volunteer librarian in the young adult department.
One of the special things about my local library is our annual summer reading program. The program does an excellent job of getting kids excited about reading while allowing them to explore their interests in literature. As somebody who re-shelves all of the books that get checked-out of the library, I take a lot of enjoyment in seeing what it is that kids are reading these days (they still love Harry Potter). As an English major, it is very exciting for me to share my love of literature with the youth in my area, and I am certainly guilty of trying to influence the reading choices of more than a few library patrons.
I am extremely grateful for the time I have spent at the library and in my previous internships and feel as though both experiences will prepare me well for my future law school education. If all goes as planned, I'll be back working in my Senator's office soon—only I'll be the elected representative!
An English-Creative Writing and Political Science double major, Antonellis was voted to the 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-District 2 team and the Academic All-Patriot League squad. As a junior, she played in 31 games, primarily in the outfield, and went 2-for-3 on stolen base attempts.
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