5 Questions with Legislative Assistant, Courtney Webb
Job Title: Senior Legislative Assistant
Company: U. S. House of Representatives
1. What was your first job out of school?
Right after I graduated from college I moved to India to intern with International Justice Mission, and assisted in training government and police officials on how to detect and legislate against human trafficking.
2. What do you do now and what is your average day like?
Now I currently work on Capitol Hill as a policy adviser for a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Everyday looks very different, but on average my time primarily consists of researching, drafting, and hopefully passing legislation.
3. What is your advice to get into your career?
Be okay with starting at the very bottom. Several years ago, with a one way ticket and two suitcase I moved across the country without a job and without knowing anyone in D.C. I started as an intern, getting coffee and taking phone calls from lots of passionate constituents. And here I am.
4. What are your tips for having success in your field?
Be kind, work hard, and remember your purpose is to serve the American people. People can scout someone who is power hungry or prideful from a mile away, so remember to truly care for others and that helping others (truly helping them—not just because they can benefit you) is always the best route.
5. What are your favorite and least favorite parts of your job?
I absolutely love meeting with constituents. To learn from others, to hear their stories, and to figure out how the Congressman can be of assistance to them (whether that is legislation or casework) is something I enjoy doing. Looking at problems from a macro level and attempting to tackle them is exciting to me!
On the flip side, there have been times when I have been verbally harassed my folks who call our office. I appreciate their passion, but I do not appreciate the colorful language they use in the midst of that passion.