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Conrad went -- takes his congressional intern ship and very seriously.
Congressman -- the -- -- is one of two that this 24 year old goes to every Friday to -- sort papers and on this day.
-- on lawmakers signature on pocket constitutions -- constituent.
That's important for this sentiment can still have a job.
Later when that celebrate the last day of his semester program with the other -- -- -- students taking part in this latest session.
And the congressional internship program for individuals with intellectual disabilities.
I -- the hall of I was.
I was really happy I'm really happy about my life.
This program started in 2010 with six offices participating.
Since then 52 house and senate offices have taken part.
I like to be -- probable Jessica -- -- Zynga spent part of her internship in Texas congressman Pete Sessions office.
Where she sorted papers stuffed envelopes and became so beloved to staff.
Since they got her going away again this is.
I lied to me because.
I like working to.
Didn't -- since many ideas here on Capitol Hill originating committees aren't hearing rooms but this internship program started with one lawmaker.
Was a very personal connection to this issue.
Having son Livingston who's now 22 -- -- fragile X syndrome.
Grew up those special needs and look -- things that you wanna do to help those families and those children.
-- -- coming to congress representative Greg harper had students from the special education department of a local high school.
Work and his law office when he got to Capitol Hill he was amazed to discover there was not a similar program there so he started one.
Had we not had the the blessing of having special needs child.
That this would probably never have all crossed my mind that we've lived with this and we've seen what families go -- New York congressman Eliot Engel is made sure his office -- taken part in this program every semester since it began.
-- really an inspiration.
To all of us I'm delighted to have her in my office.
As a father and former teacher he says congress should be inspiring people and other workplaces to offer as many opportunities as possible to students with special need.
Most of these people can do work if you if they just given a chance.
And I'm willing to give them a chance.
These internships are designed to help students build their confidence and job skills.
But they also end -- -- staffers a few things to.
That's you know -- -- crimes that consistent can commune.
We're not any other interns say they're goal now is the same -- any student.
To use this experience to find a permanent job.
I feel -- you look.
-- I had this happen.
On Capitol Hill Jennifer Davis.
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