Chicago Heights, Illinois, Law Student Interns In Durbin's Washington, DC Judiciary Committee Office

WASHINGTON – Chicago Heights, Illinois, native David Adeleye spent this fall interning for U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), working virtually to assist the Senator’s Capitol Hill Judiciary Committee office as an intern.

“I started my career on Capitol Hill as a college intern for Senator Paul Douglas of Illinois,” Durbin said. “I will never forget that day in February of 1966 when he agreed to hire me as an intern to work in his office.  As a student from East St. Louis, Illinois, going to work in the office of a U.S. Senator was one of the most exciting things I had ever done.  I know what a valuable experience it can be and we strive to make sure all of our students get a glimpse into the workings of the United States Senate, even as we work remotely during this unprecedented pandemic.”

David Adeleye is from Chicago Heights, Illinois and is currently a third-year law student at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. He is the national student board member of the American Constitution Society (ACS) and past president of the ACS chapter at Maurer School of Law. He developed an interest in politics at an early age and gained key insight into government and politics as a member of the Obama administration at the White House and Department of Homeland Security.

“My experience working for Senator Durbin on the Senate Judiciary Committee has reaffirmed my commitment to public service. I sharpened my legislative legal skills, while working on some of the most timely issues impacting the government and public. I will cherish all of the work I got to do with the Committee, and I am thankful to Senator Durbin for his commitment to providing students with opportunities to expand their interest in government,” said David.

The intern responsibilities include assisting full-time staff in responding to constituent related topics, assisting with information inquiries, watching committee and agency hearings and briefings, researching legislative issues and policy questions, and observing floor proceedings.  During that time, the students gain firsthand knowledge of the legislative process, learn about the inner-workings of the federal government, and develop valuable research skills.