When I moved to Washington, DC as a recent college graduate back in 2006, I had no intention whatsoever of working in Congress. Like most Americans, I had a profound lack of respect for the institution (Congress received an approval rating of only 18 percent in Gallup’s latest poll, and in June 2014 Americans ranked their confidence in it far lower than banks, the criminal justice system, big business, and even television news). Because I wanted to look like I was doing something with my free time while I applied for job after job at respectable organizations, I swallowed my pride and got an unpaid internship in one of my senators’ offices. I hoped that I would soon be able to drop that embarrassing mark from my resume and never mention it again.
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