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Trevor Caldwell, 2L

Where are you working this summer?
I am a Wayne Morse Fellow for U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (an Oregon Law Class of 1974 alumnus) in Washington, D.C.

What are your responsibilities?
The policy areas that I primarily work on are Defense, Veteran's Affairs, and Foreign Affairs. 

How did you find and secure this opportunity?
Senator Wyden hires an Oregon Law student each summer to serve as a Wayne Morse Fellow. I applied for the fellowship through the Career Center and was interviewed and hired last February.

What excites you most about this fellowship?
The opportunities to serve and learn are what excite me the most about the fellowship. I feel privileged to have the opportunity to work on legislation in policy areas that I have a personal connection to and care deeply about. I am particularly interested in issues that affect veterans in Oregon and across the country.

What knowledge, skills, or experiences are you hoping to gain?
I hope to come away from the fellowship with a deeper understanding of how public policy is influenced and shaped at the federal level and how it affects Oregon and its residents. I also hope to use the knowledge and experience I gain this summer to become an effective attorney and advocate in the local community and state.

How have your studies at Oregon Law thus far prepared you for this summer fellowship?
Two of my first-year classes have seemed particularly relevant – Legal Research and Writing and Constitutional Law. The research skills taught in LRW have been extremely useful.

Do you have any advice for future students curious about securing summer employment?
Explore every opportunity available and apply early. Never turn down an opportunity to seek mentorship from experienced attorneys and public servants.

Is there anything else that you would like to tell us about your summer fellowship?
The Career Center, specifically Assistant Dean Rebekah Hanley, was extremely helpful throughout the entire application and interview process. I believe that this opportunity was possible in large part due to the Career Center’s help and guidance.

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