NIAF Congressional Fellowship: Part 2

By Luke Ferrante, 2019 Congressional Fellow

Minority Whip Rep. Steven Scalise (La.-01) shaking hands with 2019 Congressional Fellow Luke Ferrante

My Italian American heritage has always played a large role in my life. From a young age, the stories of my family’s hard work to make a new life for themselves in America inspired me to put my best foot forward in not only my studies but also in my career.

As a political science major, working in Washington, D.C., was frequently thought of as a dream job for some far-off future. Luckily, I did not have to wait as long as I expected when I was offered this Fellowship and placed in the Office of Republican Minority Whip Steve Scalise (La.-01). I am incredibly grateful to NIAF for giving me the amazing opportunity to make my dream a reality. I was able to work alongside very smart and talented people and see first-hand the inner workings of how a congressional legislative and leadership office operates. Thanks to NIAF, I learned valuable professional skills which I will use in future jobs and was exposed to countless opportunities to pursue when I graduate.

Luke Ferrante is a student at Ramapo College and is from Morris Plains, N.J.

The 2020 NIAF Congressional Fellowship application is open now until June 1. For more information, visit:

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