An internship in Washington is a position coveted by many college students. Michael Brandon, a Chappaqua resident with a keen interest in politics, decided to seek this opportunity. After completing the application and interviewing in Lowey’s office, he was selected for the job. Brandon, a political science major at the University of Michigan of Ann Arbor, spent his spring semester in DC.
Brandon’s responsibilities ran the gamut from administrative to actual participation in the legislative process. He was quick to point out that even “sorting mail is still pretty cool when it’s from Nancy Pelosi.” He attended briefings and researched cases. As an intern, Brandon was not only a witness to the politic process but an effective participant. “My research into campaign finance resulted in a legislative recommendation,” he noted. Other research topics included the mortgage services industry and nuclear proliferation in Iran.
Working with Lowey was one of the highlights of the internship. Brandon described her personality as “crazy friendly.” He attended several hearings led by Lowey including one which included testimony by Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, a fellow Chappaqua resident.
During his academic career at Greeley, Brandon was the editor in chief of “The Greeley Tribune.” Under his leadership, the scope of the paper expanded beyond the usual issues of cafeteria food and parking to those of national significance.
Brandon explained the genesis of his interest in politics: “It sort of comes originally from a progressive sensibility I have about the world. Until we live in a perfect world there will always be room for change.”