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Hill Navigator: The Line Between Friend and Co-Worker

But email them, too, because if they have leads for you, they won’t send them via snail mail. And then email them again in a few weeks, just to check back in, to report on any progress you’ve made (“I had coffee with a Hill staffer and one real interview in a congressman’s office!”) to get your name someplace in their inbox. When the right opportunity comes up, you don’t want them trying to remember whom they met with a few weeks back.

And if you’re running out of updates and ideas in a few months, send another email to check in and ask if they have any new job leads or thoughts for you. Because they just might. And all you need is one good lead to work out.

Q. What are some other ways to get involved with politics besides being engaged on the Hill?

A. There is a vast expanse known as the campaign trail. Whether you can get on it for a week, a weekend, a day or six months, find someone who needs your help and get moving. Campaigns love eager volunteers, and you’ll make friends, get experience and see how the rest of America really lives.

And no matter where you go, from rural Pennsylvania to downtown Newark, N.J., to Fargo, N.D., you’ll get great experience and have stories to tell.

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