Forsyth, Illinois, Student Interns In Durbin's Washington, DC Office

WASHINGTON – Forsyth, Illinois, native Sam Stogsdill spent this fall interning for U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), working behind the scenes in the Senator’s Capitol Hill office as an intern.  Each year, close to 50 interns work in Durbin’s Washington, D.C. office.

“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.”

Sam is from the town of Forsyth and is currently a senior at American University pursuing a degree in public affairs with a minor in international studies.  Prior to arriving in Washington, D.C., he held an internship for fellow Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) in her Springfield office.  A decedent of family farmers from Central Illinois, Sam continues to maintain strong ties to his hometown and community.  He remains active with the Macon County Democrats, holds a position for his collegiate Model United Nations chapter, and participates in a variety of volunteer work.

“It has been an honor to work closely with the Senator and his staff on initiatives that benefit the people of Illinois, as well as the nation,” Sam said.  “Getting a first-hand look at the dedication and time put into forming and executing policy has been a truly rewarding experience.  Growing up in Central Illinois, Senator Durbin has long been a personal hero of mine.  This experience has solidified the importance of public service to me, and just how impactful legislation can be. Working on behalf of Illinois residents has truly been a blessing.”

The intern responsibilities include assisting full-time staff in responding to constituent related topics, assisting with information inquiries, attending 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.