Working for a New York State Senator
Posted on Wednesday, June 17, 2009
This summer, Hobart student Brian Horn '12 is an intern in the Rochester office of U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.). Among other duties, Horn is researching bills, communicating with constituents, informing them of current legislation and helping them with problems when they call the Senator's office.
He describes a recent experience involving a family that believed they were victims of credit card fraud. Horn explains he was able to conduct research to determine how to help them by getting a written statement from the family and then referring them to the proper government agencies.
"I want to work in government and politics when I leave HWS and this internship is showing me the basics of how government works. I think that the most valuable part of my experience is observing what the other people in the office do," Horn said.
Schumer has been in the U.S. Senate for 10 years, and is the senior senator from New York. He is the vice chair of the Senate Democratic Caucus (and as such, the third most powerful Democrat in the Senate). He serves on the banking, judiciary and finance committees, and is the chair of the Rules committee.
"I wanted to work for Senator Schumer because he is a true leader not only in the Senate but also in New York State," said Horn. "He has done so many wonderful things for our country and I am proud to help him."
Horn is a political science major, and is considering an additional major in urban studies. On campus, he is the secretary of the Hobart Student Government and treasurer of College Democrats. In the future, he is adamant that the ability to help people will be a factor incorporated into his future career.