South Essex College off to work for Tennessee governor Chuck Fleischmann,

A SOCIAL work graduate is on his way to the States after securing an internship with a Congressman’s office in Washington D.C.

Former higher education student, Angelo Cerisola will be working for the office of Chuck Fleischmann, a Republican Congressman who represents the 3rd District of Tennessee.

Angelo, 24, will intern for 15 weeks working in the area of politics and public policy. He’ll be based in the American capital and will work on Capital Hill, near the White House.

Originally from Gibraltar, Angelo obtained a first class BA (Hons) Social Work degree at South Essex College. Before returning home and applying for the internship through Gibraltar’s Department of Education.

After a competitive interview process, he was awarded the position. He said: “This will be a great professional and personal learning experience for me. I’ll be working with congress during my management placement, assisting Mr Fleischmann’s office with various projects.”

The internship was secured through The Washington Center, an organisation that offers academic programs to graduates in Washington D.C.

Angelo added: “To work in the US capital is a once in a lifetime opportunity. The feeling of apprehension is running high but I’m looking forward to the wealth of knowledge on policies and politics I will acquire.

“I hope to visit New York, Chicago and Boston while I’m out there. I want to meet and network with as many people as possible, I’d really like to meet Hilary Clinton too.”

During his time at the College, Angelo was the social work course rep for two years running. Angelo said: “Most of my classmates used to say they could see me being a politician one day, I felt strongly about ensuring our voices were heard. I got many deadlines extended during the course, I can be very persuasive.”

Angelo chose South Essex College and Southend in particular as it was close to the sea. He said: “Being from Gibraltar, it was important I studied somewhere close to the coast. I really enjoyed my time there, I made many friends and we all keep in touch as social work professionals now.

“I received great support and advice from my tutor, Dr. Kathyleen Siska, the work I completed over the three year degree definitely helped me obtain this position.

“Eventually I want to study for a PhD. I’d like to take my social work career down the politics and policy route. No doubt, this internship will open up doors for me.”

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