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An Insider's View of the Georgia State Senate

February 19, 2015
Senators working in the Senate Chamber

My internship at the Georgia Senate Press Office has not only reinforced my pursuit of a career in politics, but has also provided me with an insider’s view into the legislative process. From attending committee meetings to following legislation pending before the Senate, I have garnered a deep understanding of the legislative process and the practical realities of lawmaking.

The Senate Press Office is a non-partisan office responsible for writing and distributing press releases, media advisories, columns and speeches for each of the 56 senators. We also set up press conferences at the request of any senator.

As a communications major, this position is perfect for me. It allows me to interact and network with various facets of the Georgia General Assembly while also teaching me how to communicate with others through various mediums.

A Typical Day

My day usually starts with working on Daily News Clips, which is a compilation of daily news articles pulled from various certified news outlets. The clippings are then delivered to each Senate staff member through our intranet by 9 a.m.

By 10 a.m., I head to Senate Chamber to record daily proceedings, tallies and records of all votes on motions and legislation for the day. The Press Office also assigns one staff member to a specific committee to record and monitor Senate committee meetings. Once at the meeting, I take notes and write a summary.

The most memorable event of my internship so far was meeting Atlanta Hawks legend Dominique Wilkins, Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer and Hawks players Kyle Korver and Elton Brand. The Hawks were recognized at the Georgia State Capitol for their sportsmanship, citizenship and significant economic impact to the City of Atlanta.

A Learning Experience

Working in this office gives you the opportunity to experience and understand the attitudes and concerns of constituents and the importance of maintaining cooperative relationships with them and their elected Senator. Not only am I learning about the legislative process, but I’m also living it! I can truly say it is a blessing to work in an environment where you are at the forefront of lawmaking.

About the Author

Ike Duru is a Senate Press Office Intern and a student at Kennesaw State University. He has interned for the City of Atlanta’s Department of Watershed Management, Live Nation Entertainment, and expects to graduate December of this year with a B.A. in Communications with a focus in Public Relations.

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