David JustinianoHaddon Township, NJ
July 15, 2009
I feel very proud as an individual, citizen, and especially Latino to see the first Hispanic to be nominated and confirmed as one of the nine United States Supreme Court Justices. I am very excited and happy for Judge Sonia Sotomayor and her family. Sotomayor's long and remarkable background reflects her capacity to exercise this type of work and I am confident she will bring a positive atmosphere to the Supreme Court. Being able to experience the hearings while interning at Capitol Hill is certainly a unique and unforgettable moment.
July 8, 2009
The 2010 Census does not only represent an opportunity to make us count as citizens, but also serves to identify ourselves and our growing community in this great nation to obtain the adequate representation for decision-making and policy-making as well as distribution of funds.
June 30, 2009
What has been the most challenging moment during your first three weeks of the internship?
The most challenging moment during my first three weeks was certainly trying to get my assigned work and cumulated memos from hearings done on time. I also had the challenge of not getting lost on the Hill while I was going to meetings and briefings.
As the coolest moment during my first three week, I can say the opportunity to meet amazing people at Capitol Hill. I never thought I could meet so many interesting people in the program, my place of work, hallways, cafeteria, etc.
The experiences that inspired me the most were when I had the opportunity to meet and learn more about Cecilia Munoz and Maria Otero, two outstanding leaders from our community from my same place of origin who have achieved so much and currently hold high level positions at the Federal Government.
June 17, 2009
Please describe your first week in Washington, D.C.
My first week in Washington, D.C. was one of those experiences that I will never forget. Having the opportunity to stay at the Capitol and meet amazing people in and out of the program make this a unique experience.
Throughout our first week we had the opportunity to visit the CHCI office where we finally got to meet those who make this dream possible. This week was scheduled to have an insightful orientation. And it couldn't have been any better and made us feel more special than by having Cecilia Munoz as a guest speaker in our kickoff reception.
We also had our pictures taken, which turned out to be very nice, even though most of us were concerned due to the summer's high temperatures. At the end of the week we had our orientation at the Library of Congress where we learned about policymaking and visited NCLR where we met with staff members who work hard for the well-being of our community.
In sum, this past week has been a busy, but productive week; the beginning of an unforgettable journey in which we will experience the real world of our professional careers, expand our knowledge in government, and overall share our summer with wonderful people.