Off the Clock, but Not Off the Grid: Networking as a Full Time Job

Posted by Cal-in-Sacramento Fellow
Laura Jessica Douglas

First one in, last one out. This was the key to success that my mentors promised would separate me from the ranks of the average employee. Although this has definitely held true for me throughout my career, I must acknowledge that it hasn’t been hard work alone that has propelled me through a phenomenal community college career and into a full ride at the world’s top public institution for higher learning.

With my boss, Assemblymember Ridley-Thomas. At only 27 years old, he is making big things happen in California.

With my boss, Assemblymember Ridley-Thomas. At only 27 years old, he is making big things happen in California.

It’s interesting that in talking to established folks here in the capitol, “work hard” is no longer the token advice given to me. Working hard is a given, like breathing. Now, time and again the new golden piece of advice is “meet more people.” And that’s exactly what I’ve been doing. Continue reading

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Internship Choice: Your Most Important Summer Decision

Posted by Cal-in-Sacramento Fellow
Laura Jessica Douglas

“This is your bill, I need you to become an expert on Medi-Cal services for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in the next two weeks.” Having no previous experience in the health insurance industry, ASD, or mental health in general, it has been a challenge understanding all of the different components of applicable state and federal healthcare insurance law, regulations regarding what services can and cannot be provided through the different Medi-Cal providers, and assessing the cost and scope of expanding the program to those currently not served, all while working with our bill sponsor to navigate the legislative process as we seek to push our bill through the many hurdles of our California legislature. This is just one of the most stimulating and nerve-wrecking assignments I have been given since beginning my internship three weeks ago in the Office of Assemblymember Ridley-Thomas, representing the 54th District.

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Assemblymember Ridley-Thomas

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