Adios, DC! – José “Che Che” Turrubiartez

OUT ON THE HILL is the official blog of the Victory Congressional Interns. Views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of LGBTQ Victory Institute. Learn more about the internship at victoryinstitute.org/vci

This summer was one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had. I have learned more about government in the past two months than I have in the past four years. From visiting the National Museum of African American History and Culture, to sharing space with wonderful people that are making a difference in their own home communities, every single one of my experiences proved to be a learning opportunity. I enjoyed talking to some of the senators and engaging with constituents – in case you did not know, the struggle is real for a lot of Americans. Many of us are affected by the same issues and have similar grievances about the state of our country. I routinely attended foreign policy briefings, and networking events. I must admit that at times I found myself a little overwhelmed, but I did not mind, I loved every minute of it. This internship has solidified my desire to work in public service; there is a need for a younger perspective all across government, a diverse perspective that is inclusive of every single American regardless of gender, ethnicity, race, or sexual orientation. I cannot begin to thank the Victory Institute for this amazing opportunity they have given me. It is because of their generosity and commitment to investing in young leaders that I was able to engage in such a powerful learning experience.