Aug. 12, 2014
WASHINGTON - Rising Georgetown University junior women's golfer Liz DiVincentis (Durham, Conn./Coginchaug Regional) came to the Hilltop as a freshman hoping to someday work on Capitol Hill. She got a taste of what that would be like this summer, interning for a United States congresswoman from her home state, Connecticut.
DiVincentis competed in 10 tournaments for the Hoyas during the 2013-14 school year, playing 25 rounds and carrying a 79.40 stroke average. She posted three top-20 finishes and four among the top-30 overall, including a season-best tie for 11th place at the Birdies for Breast Cancer tournament, shooting a 9-over par 225.
Following the school year, DiVincentis returned home to Connecticut and began interning for Rosa DeLauro, a Democrat who is the U.S. Representative for Connecticut's 3rd congressional district, based in New Haven, Conn. She has been serving since 1991.
DiVincentis, a government major, primarily did casework for the congresswoman's office, mainly involving veteran's and healthcare issues, and dealt directly with her constituents
"I dealt a lot with local issues that our constituents were having in getting services and appointments with the VA, more specifically," she said via e-mail. "My internship gave me a good base and background for future internships and job opportunities, as I would really like to work on the Hill and be a lobbyist."
During the course of her internship, she also attended several local events that were used to kick-start the congresswoman's campaign for mid-term elections.
"She (Rosa) spoke about the issues she is pushing for, like putting an end to violence against women and its legal implications," DiVincentis said. "That same event gave me and the other interns an opportunity to network and meet other supporters and young professionals who support Rosa's campaign.
DiVincentis was also able to attend an event in support of a new transportation program that is working to subsidize transportation for elderly people so daily activities, like trips to the grocery store and to a doctor, are more accessible and at little cost.
She was also was able to deal first-hand with one of the major issues in the country today, care for veterans. "There was a big issues that arose when local veterans thought their psychiatric care unit of their primary care facility was being closed down, so they would no longer get specialized care," DiVincentis said. "Many veterans were calling the office and were concerned, but after I was able to get in touch with the head of the VA (Veterans Administration), in addition to their doctors, we were able to clear up their concerns and get them the care they needed."
The internship went for a bit more than two months, from the beginning of May when she returned home, to the end of July, and the experience of working in a large office that handles a number of cases was a great experience.
"I really enjoyed getting to know the staffers and learning the logistics of a congressional office" DiVincentis said. "In dealing directly with people, I got a much greater handle on the issues that our constituents are facing and the way that those issues get resolved. I was surprised at first, because I was thrown right into answering phones and taking intakes before I was really confident in what I was doing. In doing that, however, I learned quickly and became better able to answer constituent questions."
While she was busy working for the congresswoman, DiVincentis was able to make sure she had to time to play some golf, participating in the Connecticut Women's Open, the New England Women's Amateur and a United States Amateur Qualifier. She is also planning to play in the Connecticut Women's Amateur later this month.
"After my long days in the office," she said, "it was nice to end my day on the golf course."