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Week 2 Photo Blog

Katherine Stankus
House Democrats Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
Summer 2013 SPS Mather Policy Intern



In the Morning…

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Commuting from George Washington University Foggy Bottom Campus to the
House Democrats Committee on Science, Space, and Technology Office

The Metro

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Commuting to work via the metro

What the Commute actually looks like…

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Crowds at the metro station during the morning and evening commutes

The Ford Building

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Where the committee office is located

Security

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In order to enter into government buildings, one must pass through security

Office Room Number  

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The House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology Minority Staff Office

Entering into the Office

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The lounge

First Intern Duty of the Day

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Replacing the newspapers

Down the Hallway…

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Walking down the hallway to my intern office space

What I do at my desk

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 Answer phone calls, read emails, do research work, write questions for House members to ask during the hearing

Other Intern Duties…

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Printing and scanning documents

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Creating binders for the staff for different committee hearings

The Rayburn Building

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Where the hearings and several representatives’ offices are located

Also, transcripts from the hearings are dropped off to the Majority office and the mail for the Minority staff is picked up

Along the Hallways of Rayburn

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Walking down the hallways of Rayburn to the Science Committee hearing room

Arriving at the Hearing Location

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In front of the Minority entrance to the hearing room reserved for committee members and staff only

Hearings Attended for the Week

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Tuesday, June 18th, 2013: Full Committee Hearing on the Department of Energy Science   Technology Priorities

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Wednesday, June 19th, 2013: Hearing on NASA Authorization Act of 2013

Intern Duties during the Hearing

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Making coffee for the House members

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Placing paperwork out for the different members on the Minority side

Nice View of the Hearing Room

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Inside the Hearing Room – House members sit behind the dais (Minority sits on the left and Majority sits on the right), witnesses sit at the witness table facing the members, and the audience sits in the back

Smile…

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Taking photos of the different House members on the Minority side and of the different witnesses speaking

After the Hearing is Over

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Cleaning up materials (paperwork and trash) that were used by House members for the hearing

Intern Photo

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The other interns that I work with (left to right: Joe, myself, and Annas -  Nikki not present)

Future Hearings to Attend in the Following Week:

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Wednesday, June 26th, 2013:
Hearing on Restoring U.S. Leadership in Weather Forecasting Part 2

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Thursday, June 27th, 2013: Hearing on Green Buildings – An Evaluation of Energy Savings Performance Contracts

*Note – this hearing will consists of two subcommittees (the Subcommittee on Oversight and the Subcommittee on Energy)