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

Career Notes/Advice: I dont think as far as crossing party lines goes thats something that I would recommend. Stick to something youre comfortable with, Maddox said. Dont limit yourself to working inside of your state though. Maddoxs advice is to pay attention to freshmen Members because they could need interns. We havent 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 bachelors in political science from the University of California, Davis, and a masters 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 masters 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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