Career Notes/Advice: “I don’t think as far as crossing party lines goes that’s something that I would recommend. Stick to something you’re comfortable with,” Maddox said. “Don’t limit yourself to working inside of your state though.” Maddox’s advice is to pay attention to freshmen Members because they could need interns. “We haven’t had a shortage of interns, but we could have definitely hired one or two more,” she said.
Junior legislative assistant for Rep. Joe Baca (D-Calif.)
Education: Earned a bachelor’s in political science from the University of California, Davis, and a master’s in public policy from Pepperdine University
Internship: Interned with California state Rep. Tony Mendoza (D) and then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R)
Career Started: Began her career on the Hill as a junior legislative assistant for Baca
Career Notes/Advice: Aviles attributes her success to her internships and diverse résumé, which includes voice-over acting and stand-up comedy. She advises persistence and said her master’s degree helped her skip entry-level positions. She said her graduate studies helped make her marketable because she “focused on economics and state and local policy.”
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.