Local Interns for U.S. Senator
TWIN FALLS, Jan 01, 2013 (The Times-News - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
She was only supposed to drop a bill off on the Senate floor.
But there she was, a 22-year-old intern from Hagerman, standing in an elevator with Sen. John McCain in the U.S. Capitol building.
The Republican Arizona lawmaker was introducing himself to a page also in the elevator.
"He went, 'Your name is Trey '" said Aubrey Goolsby. "And then he turned to me and asked, 'Why is it that every kid I meet from the South is named Trey '"
"I'm from Idaho. I don't know, sir," Goolsby replied.
It was a brief but memorable interaction for Goolsby. It would be just one of the surprise perks she would experience while working as a fall intern for Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., in Washington, D.C.
As an intern, Goolsby answered phones, wrote legislative reports and gave tours of the U.S. Capitol building. It was a chance to give her experience working in politics and spend a semester living in the nation's capital.
As a political science and Spanish major at the University of Wyoming, Goolsby had applied to a number of political internships in the East, including those for Idaho lawmakers. However, with each application facing a competitive selection process, Goolsby was thankful to be offered the Enzi internship.
During her time in D.C., Goolsby also learned more about the pros and cons of the current political system.
Political tensions between Democrats and Republicans and a pending election led to long days and nights working in the office, she said.
"There were some nights I went home frustrated," Goolsby said. "But then there were other days, I could look back and know we really achieved something."
She was there when President Barack Obama was reelected and left just days after the Connecticut Newtown school shooting.
"You could tell by the energy that people were worried about their rights," she said.
Now the Hagerman native is back at school, preparing to graduate from college in the spring. She's not sure if she wants to return to D.C. but has an interest in remaining in politics.
"There are a lot of politicians who don't see what the average person is going through," she said. "I think it's really nice when you meet a politician who knows how a community works. Without, you're just going to be running over your own constituents. I kind of want to work with people and then maybe later down the road for people."
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