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How to get Jobs and Internships on the Hill



Thursday, March 31, 2016
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Clark Hall Room 107
University of Virginia


On Thursday, March 31st, the University of Virginia Center for Politics will host an event on how to get jobs and internships on the Hill. Our featured speaker is Rebecca Gale from Roll Call. The Panelists include: Molly Jacob, (B.A.), Political Science and Government/ History, 2014 currently working for Congressman Stephen Fincher (R - TN) as a Scheduler and Executive Assistant. Olivia O’Neil (BA) Politics, 2014 who currently works for the White House Visitors Office. Abigail Sigler (BA), Government 2013 serves as Communications Director for Congressman Robert Hurt, who represents Virginia's Fifth District, which includes the University of Virginia. Ethan Thrasher, (B.A.), Foreign Affairs, 2015 serves as a Staff Assistant for Senator Mark Warner (D-VA).

Rebecca Gale (Moderator)
Roll Call

Rebecca Gale is an award-winning journalist at Roll Call, who has covered wide-ranging issues from landing a job on Capitol Hill, student loan reimbursements, maternity and paternity leave, and childcare for working parents. Prior to coming to CQ Roll Call, Rebecca worked as a press secretary and communications director for senators and members of Congress on Capitol Hill. She has also worked on presidential and congressional campaigns, both as spokesperson and communications director. She graduated with honors from Miami University in Ohio and has a master's degree in political communication from the Johns Hopkins University.

Molly Jacobs (Panelist)
Congressman Stephen Fincher

Molly Jacob is Congressman Stephen Fincher’s (TN-08) Scheduler and Executive Assistant. Her days are spent acting as a personal aide to the Congressman by managing his time, ensuring that he is prepared and where he needs to be, and acting as a gatekeeper for those who want to meet and speak with him. Prior to working for Congressman Fincher, Molly served as a Scheduler and Executive Assistant for Congressman Keith Rothfus (PA-12). Molly was offered a position with Congressman Rothfus while she was an intern for the House Committee on Ways and Means, chaired by Congressman Dave Camp (MI-10). At the Committee, Molly worked directly under the Committee Economist. The most notable committee hearing Molly helped members and staff prepare for was the IRS targeting investigation hearing, which focused on the issue of Lois Lerner’s missing emails. Molly graduated from the University of Virginia in 2014, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Government and minored in History.

Olivia O'Neil (Panelist)
White House Visitors Office

Olivia O’Neil currently works for the White House Visitors Office. She has produced a number of large-scale White House diplomatic visits including Pope Francis’ Arrival Ceremony in September 2015 and Prime Minster Justin Trudeau’s Arrival Ceremony in March 2016. Her team of 6 people is tasked with fulfilling the President and First Lady’s directive of making this the most open and transparent White House in history. She is responsible for everything from private VIP visits to the Easter Egg Roll which draws 35,000 children and parents to the South Lawn each year. After graduating with distinction from the University of Virginia in 2014, Olivia joined President Obama’s domestic and international advance team—planning and preparing for domestic and foreign diplomatic visits and messaging events. While on the road, Olivia served as one of President Obama’s crowd leads, managing guest logistics for events ranging from “intimate” gatherings of 100 people up to, the President’s largest crowd since 2008, 42,000 people, at the Bloody Sunday 50th Anniversary in Selma, Alabama.

Abbi Sigler (Panelist)
Congressman Robert Hurt

Abigail Sigler serves as Communications Director for Congressman Robert Hurt, who represents Virginia's Fifth District, which includes the University. She oversees all of the office's communications and messaging operations and serves as spokesman for the Congressman. After graduating from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in Political Science, Abigail served as the Communications Fellow and then as the Deputy Press Secretary in Governor Bob McDonnell's office. Upon completion of his term in 2013, Abigail moved to Washington to join Congressman Hurt's staff. Despite what she believed wholeheartedly her fourth year, there is life after UVa, and it's pretty good.

Ethan Thrasher (Panelist)
Senator Mark Warner

Ethan Thrasher serves as a Staff Assistant for Senator Mark Warner (D-VA). His duties in this role include assisting the Chief of Staff, Legislative Director, and Director of Scheduling. Ethan also serves as the co-chair for the Virginia State Society. Prior to working on Capitol Hill, Ethan interned at the UVA Center for Politics and the Democratic Coordinated Campaign. He graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor's Degree in Foreign Affairs.


This event is free and open to the public. Advancerd registration required

For more information please contact Glenn Crossman at 434-243-3540 or gac4t@virginia.edu