In early 2019 we profiled Garrett Puckett ’18, a political science grad who was working for Senator Deb Fischer as a Policy Intern and soaking up the experience of Washington, D.C., politics. We caught up with Puckett to see how things have changed since then.
“For all of the negative connotations that surround politics, there are many opportunities that allow you to make a positive impact for people. Whether it be big or small, the fact doesn’t change that you are still making a difference.”—Garrett Puckett ’18
How has your professional life changed since we last spoke with you?
Within a month of that article I had found a position with the office of Senator John Kennedy, and have been with him since. As the Mail Correspondence Manager & Intern Coordinator, I oversee all of the incoming mail from constituents and ensure it is given to the appropriate staffer. As Intern Coordinator, I’m responsible for interviewing, training, and overseeing the interns. It still feels strange being the one who conducts the interviews and who is sought out for advice. I spent years at Endicott learning how to be the best possible intern so I could secure a job after graduation. It is very fulfilling to use my experience and give guidance to interns who are now in a position I was at so recently.
I am also currently pursuing a master’s in legislative affairs at George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management. I hope to finish the program by the end of next summer.
What would you love to do next?
I find myself to be extremely fortunate in that I know Capitol Hill is where I want to be. There is a lot of meaningful, fulfilling work. I hope I’m able to stay on the Hill for the foreseeable future and start getting more involved with policy.
What has been the biggest lesson you’ve learned in the past year and a half?
The most important trait one can have is perseverance. There are a lot of smart, ambitious people around, but those that succeed are the ones who are able to push through all the challenges that come their way. This is a demanding and fast-paced environment and you’re going to encounter new obstacles every day, you can’t let them get you down.
Do you have any advice for Endicott students looking to get into government?
Do it. For all of the negative connotations that surround politics, there are many opportunities that allow you to make a positive impact for people. Whether it be big or small, the fact doesn’t change that you are still making a difference.