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Hill Climbers: How to Climb Up Capitol Hill’s Employment Ladder

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.


Amber Aviles | Sept. 12 Hill Climber

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.”

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