University at Albany

Q & A with Michelle Mittler, BA '10

If you had to condense your job description into an elevator pitch, how would it read?

Michelle: I am currently the director of scheduling and special events for Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer. I manage his general calendar, act as his gatekeeper and will be heavily involved in the logistics and coordination of events.

What about your job inspires/excites you every day?

Michelle: Not a lot of people get this kind of opportunity and it's humbling for me. I would guess that hundreds of people applied for my position. I went through five rounds of interviewing over the course of two months for this position. They were looking for a particular person who could not only do the job, but would also connect with the team. Mr. Hoyer is known for having a great staff and I feel privileged to be joining his team.

How did Rockefeller College prepare you for your career?

Michelle: I wouldn't be where I am now if it was not for Professor Malbin and internship programs available through Rockefeller College. Through the Semester in Washington program, I was exposed to D.C. for the first time and fell in love with it. I interned in the political department of the Human Rights Campaign and it was a great experience. I was able to get my first hands-on experience of how D.C. works. The following year, I participated in the New York State Senate Internship program. Both of those opportunities allowed me to begin building my resume and have assisted in getting me where I am today.

What is one piece of advice you would share with a current Rockefeller student?

Michelle: INTERN! Make it valuable, make friends, network yourself, and take it all in. You never know who is going to be your best friend, ally or professional reference. You need to make the most of your time and remember that connections are everything in a big city. Intern and be great at it, so that when you need to call on your previous supervisors for a reference you can rest assured you will get a great one.

When you're not on the job, where can you be found?

Michelle: I can be found gallivanting around town. I'm still a tourist in my own city. There's always something new happening and something exciting to see in D.C.