Ask Someone Else's Mom by Susan Writer

Potential Summer Internship Is the Right Job for the Wrong Party

DEAR SOMEONE ELSE’S MOM: I come from a very politically active family. While I’m grateful to my parents for instilling a passion for being involved, I know it bugs them that I don’t align with the same party they do.

Because of their involvement over the years, they were able to secure me a summer internship (COVID permitting) in the office of a friend of theirs who won re-election for her senate seat. It’s a terrific opportunity, but I am conflicted about its being in “the other camp”.

Am I nuts to pass up this chance over political principles? --- IN THE OTHER CAMP

DEAR IN THE OTHER CAMP: Unless you can get a similar opportunity with an elected official in your preferred party, I say why not take the job offered you? Being in the office of a senator could put you in a position to meet a large variety of people on both sides of the aisle. And if you find you’re rubbing elbows with the enemy, you still should be in the way to gain valuable experience, make potentially useful connections, and maybe even broaden your own political horizons.

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