LA ROCHE STUDENT INTERNING ON CAPITOL HILL
Pittsburgh, August 3, 2009 – Most college students are home for the summer working minimum-wage jobs and trying to squeeze in summertime fun. Dalila Scott, a La Roche College senior, is spending her summer proposing legislative bills, participating in educational forums and working as the chair of the mock transportation committee on Capitol Hill.
Scott is currently a Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) intern in the office of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.).
The CBCF internship program, started in 1986, is an intensive nine-week session that provides college undergraduates a behind-the-scenes look at the democratic process. The internship provides free housing at George Washington University, a stipend, one overnight business trip and weekly forums with Congressional Black Caucus members.
Each intern also is required to participate in a simulated “Congress” called Congress in Action. Each intern is assigned to be a Democrat or Republican. Each party also has a majority leader, majority whip and committee chairs on particular issues. In the Congress, Scott is a Republican and the Transportation & Infrastructure chair. She must have two bills passed by the end of her internship session.
“This is definitely setting the stage for a career in government,” Scott said. “Attending La Roche [College] has helped me in every aspect of my life – spiritually, academically and professionally. As a community service volunteer, I have gained a love for public service and, ultimately, that is what working for Congress is all about. Academically, the courses that La Roche offers are among the best across the country.”
Scott currently is assisting the communications director in editing and writing press releases, writing public service announcements and researching pieces that Congresswoman Norton will be able to use at public events and interviews. She focuses on issues pertaining to healthcare reform and transportation.
“Overall, Capitol Hill is so dynamic,” Scott said. “I am networking and meeting new people every day.”
Scott is a native of Southeast Washington, D.C., and graduated from Duke Ellington School of the Arts there. At La Roche College, she is majoring in communication, media & technology with a minor in history. She worked as a resident assistant and is on the women’s cross country team. She is the daughter of Lee and Joanne Scott, also of Southeast Washington, D.C.