interns gain experience dealing with current issues on Beacon Hill. A large part of an intern's time is spent working on projects that are related to his or her interests. Assignments often consist of long-term and short-term policy research. In addition, interns are called upon to help with administrative functions and duties, such as running errands, assisting with bulk mailings and answering telephones.
The goal of Representative Fallon's internship are threefold:
- to allow interns to put into practice theories learned in school,
- to provide an understanding of the inner workings of Congress, and
- to encourage interns to produce substantive policy work in an office environment.
Interns are asked to keep abreast of the issues being debated on the House floor while they are working. This provides a learning experience for interns, as they begin to develop a knowledge of the legislative process. At the same time, having knowledgeable interns ensures that constituents contacting the office will be dealt with in an educated and thoughtful manner.
Although most interns spend only one semester on Beacon Hill, they often are welcomed to stay longer and continue their learning experience with the office. Please note that due to the overwhelming number of interested candidates for the summer sessions, Representative Fallon prefers that internships be offered to Malden residents only.