Senator Leahy Receives 'Congressional Intern Champion Award
An organization of former interns that advocates for paying interns in congressional and federal offices has recognized Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) for achieving the long-sought goal of facilitating paid internships in the Senate. “Pay Our Interns” founders Carlos Mark Vera and Guillermo Creamer Jr. met with Leahy in his office to give him their Congressional Intern Champion Award.
Leahy, the Vice Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, recently secured the first-ever funding dedicated to helping Senate offices pay their interns. Leahy has long been one of few lawmakers who has always paid his own interns, since he joined the Senate in 1975.
In the meeting in his office, Leahy was also joined by his own current Winter interns – Dillon LaViale, of Stowe; Meredith Mason, of Burlington; and Owen Gomory, a UVM graduate – who talked about their goals for their internships and why being paid has helped make their experiences possible.
Leahy and his staff work to make these internships as meaningful as possible. Another Leahy innovation are his “One-On-One Days” in which Leahy’s interns accompany him through his entire schedule on their designated days.