NIAF Congressional Fellow: Part 3

By Sam Pedalino, 2019 NIAF Congressional Fellow

2019 Fellow Sam Pedalino with U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell Jr. (N.J.-09)

This past fall semester I had the privilege of working for Congressman Bill Pascrell Jr. (N.J.-09) who is Co-chairman of the Italian American Congressional Delegation (IACD). My work primarily focused on working with constituents by receiving and documenting their calls, assisting staffers in gathering support from other Members of Congress for bills and letters, as well as attending briefings and hearings.

Coming from an Italian American background, it is especially inspiring to see fellow members of the community succeed. Being an intern on Capitol Hill was an experience that I never could have imagined. An opportunity as exclusive and exciting as this gave me a deeper understanding and appreciation for the everyday commitment our country’s representatives give to their work and their constituents in hopes of making our country a better place. This first-hand experience has given me the tools to feel confident in having the ability to thrive in whichever field I plan to pursue.

Sam Pedalino is a student at the University of Oklahoma and is from Kinnelton, N.J.

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

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