Your Favorite Women Leader and Politicians were Interns

BLFF Team | Jul 27, 2023


Happy National Intern Day! Did you know who some of your favorite women leaders and politicians interned for? Find out about four of them below:


  1. Ketanji Brown Jackson

First Black woman on the Supreme Court
Before Justice Jackson ascended to the Supreme Court, she clerked for former Justice Stephen Breyer from 1999 to 2000 after graduating from Harvard Law School.

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Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, right, with her Harvard classmates, from left, Antoinette Coakley, Nina Simmons, and Lisa Fairfax in 1997, two years before she started her internship. Source: The New York Times


  1. Kirsten Gillibrand

Second woman to serve as Senator of New York
While a student at Dartmouth College, Senator Gillibrand interned for former Senator Al D’Amato of New York where her father was also a staffer.

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Kirsten E. Gillibrand in her freshman face book photo. She was an honor student and athlete, 1984. Source: Cheryl Senter for The New York Times


  1. Kristi Noem

First woman governor of South Dakota
While continuing her education through online courses, The Washington Post named then Congresswoman Noem Capitol Hill’s “most powerful intern” for receiving intern credits for her position in Congress.

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Kristi Noem as intern on Capitol Hill. Source: Washington Post


  1. Nancy Pelosi

First woman to serve as speaker of the House of Representatives
Former Speaker Pelosi interned for Senator Daniel Brewster of Maryland while pursuing her undergraduate degree at Trinity College in Washington, DC.

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Nancy D’Alesandro, later Pelosi, with President Kennedy in 1961. She interned with Senator Daniel Brewster (D-Maryland) in 1963. Source: Democracy Journal

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