Meet CAPAL Scholar Spotlight Scarlett Ho, an incoming third year at Northeastern, who interned at the Office of Congressman Charles Rangel and hopes to create progressive change now and in the future.
What are your main responsibilities at your position? What are some of your big projects?
As a Press Intern in the Office of Congressman Charles Rangel, I work with my team in pitching social media content, drafting press releases, official statements for the Congressman on a daily basis. My office gives interns a lot of flexibility and encourages creativity and leadership, where we are each assigned a project to implement. Currently, I am working on the Rangel Resolution, which is a 30-day commitment to three easy-to-follow rules that encourage a healthy lifestyle and raise awareness about food inequality in the United States. Given that, I have to draft memos, come up with logistic ideas, and implement the project on our own. On the other hand, I am also working on legislation on Foreign Affairs, in particular H. Con. Res. 40, which encourages reunions of divided Korean American families. I liaise with different congressional office for securing co-sponsorships for the bill. So far, this internship has been great in building up my confidence and leadership skills, while allowing me to get a deeper understanding of how Congress works.
How does this internship/scholarship fit with your professional and career goals?
For anyone who is deciding if public sector is what you want to do, a Capitol Hill experience is vital. Not only is it an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, it provides an insider’s look of how the legislative branch works. This internship not only gives me a deeper understanding of the intersection of law and politics, but it also builds up my skill sets which are essential to any line of work, namely communication, writing and networking. Moreover, I think this internship has strengthened my desire to go to law school.
What do you hope to achieve this summer through your scholarship/internship experience?
I would like to establish meaningful connections at my internship, and take on a leadership role to implement something within the office and beyond. Being at the center of politics, I am aware of the fact that there are tons of opportunities at my fingertips and I plan on taking advantage of those.
What does public service mean to you?
As a Democrat and proud Communications Director of College Democrats of Massachusetts, I believe in progressive ideas that benefit the low and middle class, college students, elderly and underprivileged people in society. Public service means putting yourself out there to serve the interests of the American people and to advocate for those values you believe in.
What do you consider to be the most interesting thing about you?
I have never been involved in politics prior to college and I came to college thinking that I was just an International Affairs major. After getting involved in Elizabeth Warren’s campaign for Senate in 2012, I have worked on federal, state, and city level government and on various campaigns for politicians and declared Political Science as my other major. In 2014 alone, I have worked for a State Representative, a Congressman, a Senator, and for the European Parliament and State Department in various capacities.
What was the most exciting thing you did in Washington D.C. this summer?
I met new friends from CAPAL and have had a great time with the AAPI network overall. Another great thing this summer was the annual College Democrats of America Convention in late July, in which I served as the Vice-Chair of the Election Committee.
Hi everyone, my name is Scarlett Ho. I am a rising Junior at Northeastern University, doing a dual major in International Affairs and Political Science, with a minor in Law and Public Policy. This summer will be my second time in DC, where I will be interning in the Office of the Congressman Charles Rangel, and previously in the Office of Senator Elizabeth Warren on Capitol Hill. I spent fall 2014 interning at the European Parliament and studying abroad in Belgium. My passion lies in foreign policy, law and public policy, and I plan on going to law school after graduation, and become a Foreign Service Office in the later stages of my life. On top of studying for the LSATS this summer, I am excited to discover the gems of DC and connect with more young professionals and like-minded people. In my free time, I enjoy watching ballet performances, photography, and traveling.
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Posted by Taylor Huang-Boutelle
Taylor is an incoming Senior at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is double majoring in World Literature and Feminist Studies, with a concentration in Law, Politics, and Social Change. Taylor is in the D.C. cohort for the Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment (www.causeusa.org) and spent this summer as an intern at the Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership, where she focused on development and fundraising, and developed the blog content for this summer. Taylor is passionate about issues of representation, coalition between underserved communities, and creating spaces for strength and solidarity around injustices through community activism and public policy. taylor.boutelle [at] capal [dot] org