Merrimack Valley Students Intern at State House with Diana

Diana with Merrimack Valley students Grace Stanton and Caitlin Favreau

Diana with Merrimack Valley students Grace Stanton and Caitlin Favreau

Three students from the Merrimack Valley this summer interned in Diana’s Massachusetts State House office.

During their internships, North Andover’s Caitlin Favreau, Haverhill’s Grace Stanton and Lawrence’s Kateen Kumar had the opportunity to attend seminars featuring the likes of Gov. Deval Patrick, former Gov. Michael Dukakis and House Speaker Robert DeLeo. Internships at the State House offer students a prime environment for civic learning, as they assist staff in constituent services and legislative research. Interns are also able to view legislative sessions in person.

“I am a passionate proponent of civic education and the way I see it, there is no better lesson in civics for the Commonwealth’s students than witnessing policymaking firsthand at the State House,” said Diana. “It has been a pleasure and honor working alongside such talented and savvy students as Caitlin, Grace and Kateen and I have no doubt they’ll go onto amazing things in the future.”

Favreau, a graduate of the Academy of Notre Dame who will be attending Mount Holyoke College in the fall, said the internship created for her a strong foundation for civic service and was influential on what she aspires to pursue as a career.

“Diana has been a significant role model throughout my experience at the State House, inspiring young women like myself to enter into the political field,” said Favreau. “She has given me opportunities to contact constituents, work on their cases and explore projects as well. One project that was specifically designed for me was a civic education project, which promoted interest and understanding about our government. As a recent high school graduate, I was able to reflect upon my experiences and give helpful advice, as well as work with teachers, principals, my representative and her colleagues. I have always wanted to help others and make a difference, so with this opportunity and experience, I know this is the right career path for me. As a good mentor told me, ‘I see a future leader in you, keep up the good work.’ If you have the drive, the inspiration, the commitment and hardworking ethics, you will also do well in this field.”

Stanton, who will be a junior this fall at Haverhill High School, said interning at the State House has given her a perspective on how important legislators are in our daily lives.

“I am fortunate to have been given this chance to take a peek into our state government and give a helping hand to Diana and her legislative aide, Andrew,” said Stanton. “I have been able to work on constituent cases firsthand, which has given me a fantastic feeling knowing that I personally made someone’s life a little easier by handling a situation they couldn’t quite deal with alone. I have also met with some incredible politicians and their staff members who also take part in influencing the everyday lives of the populace of the Commonwealth. As an intern I have been able to absorb a greater depth of knowledge, including bill processing and the importance of diction. I would highly recommend interning at the State House for anyone who thoroughly enjoys positively influencing lives and wishes to widen their selection of aspirations for the future.”

Kumar, who currently attends the Massachusetts School of Law, said he was delighted to have the opportunity to intern with Diana.

“It has been an exciting and truly educational experience working within the legislative process with a strong, positive advocate like Rep. DiZoglio,” said Kumar. “To know we have representatives who care about their constituents and having the privilege to work for that type of person has been a heartening and enlightening experience.”