Spring CHIP Fellow Melody Mashouf Reflects on Internship with Brad Sherman

Spring CHIP Fellow Melody Mashouf Reflects on Internship with Congressman Brad Sherman

Pezeshkan Family Capitol Hill Internship Program Fellow Melody Mashouf is a rising Junior at Santa Monica College, with passion for political science and international relations. This spring, she interned in the office of U.S. Congressman Brad Sherman.

“Being an intern in Congressman Brad Sherman’s office was not just a role but a profound honor. It was a privilege to be part of a team that represents the dreams of constituents within Los Angeles’ 32nd District.

During my daily commute to Congressman Brad Sherman’s office, I often found myself captivated by the grandeur of the Washington Monument and the Capitol Building. However, as a first-generation United States citizen and a student, I never lost sight of the significance and privilege of my position as a CHIP fellow. My Middle Eastern heritage, a crucial part of my identity, provides me with a unique lens in which I view global conflict.

From my first intern onboarding training to keeping myself updated on House Hearings, there was a wealth of knowledge to absorb. As an undergraduate International Relations student, my interest in foreign affairs was not just academic but a deep-seated passion. I had the opportunity to attend various hearings held by the subcommittees on the Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia as well as Armed Services. While observing these meetings, I got a bird’s eye perspective on these topics by listening to leading experts debate and expand upon the issues plaguing the U.S. With a wide array of hearings available, I also had the opportunity to utilize this information in my daily tasks as an intern. Performing background research on ongoing regional conflicts and becoming proficient in this practice were among the many skills added to my toolkit during this internship.

Each member of Congressman Brad Sherman’s office set an example of professionalism and mastery of their respective roles, paving the way for my development as a student, professional, and lifelong learner.

I am immensely grateful for the chance to broaden my horizons and become a better version of myself for my community as a CHIP fellow. This internship has deepened my understanding of the issues our community faces and ignited a commitment to serve and make an impact.”

June 6, 2024

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