As part of Centre College’s Centre-in-Washington program, Jessye Hammonds ’20 (Louisville, Kentucky) is interning with the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Budget.
Hammonds’ main duties as an intern are answering phone calls, assisting staff members in their daily tasks, attending briefings and hearings on various topics and discussions and a myriad of other tasks.
“Originally, I was interested in interning with John Yarmuth’s office because of his passion on a lot of focus areas that I, too, am passionate about,” Hammonds said. “However, when the opportunity arose to see how he takes his passions and brings them to the table in the form of the committees that he’s on and in the hearing room, I decided that this would be the best fit for me.”
Aside from Yarmuth’s involvement on the budget committee, Hammonds said she was also interested in seeing how democratic values are reflected when it comes to prioritizing where the money will go in the budget, now that democrats are back in the House.
“What I have learned so far is that there are so many moving parts to establishing a budget, agreeing on a budget and passing a budget, and I am so grateful and blessed to have an opportunity to participate in this experience,” she added.
Hammonds said this experience means a lot to her in what it represents for her and her accomplishments, as well as her family.
“If you had told me five to seven years ago that I would be in college and in Washington, D.C. interning on the Hill, I would have thought you were crazy,” she added. “I have come a long way in terms of my growth, what I have accomplished, my journey and my education, and sometimes, it is mind-boggling to see where I am today and how far I have come.
“Many of my family members were not afforded the same opportunities that I was, so to be able to go to Centre, as well as intern and live in Washington, D.C. right in Capitol Hill for a semester, is a blessing,” she continued. “I am a product of great values and traditions that my family has instilled in me, and I am proud to be out here on Capitol Hill representing one of the many forms of what ‘black’ excellence is.”
by Kerry Steinhofer
October 16, 2019