Samantha Williams of Buffalo, New York was recently selected to spend her last semester of college interning with her district Congressman, Hon. Brian Higgins. She spends much of her day getting political experience, answering phones, letter writing, filing, and research and constituent assistance. Her work day is long, but she has the opportunity to work directly with the congressman’s staff on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C.
Samantha is a senior at SUNY Buffalo State College majoring in History, with minors in African American Studies and Political Studies. Samantha also spent two semesters interning at low performing, urban schools in Buffalo. There, she got the opportunity to work closely with students of various backgrounds and engage in differential instruction. She also spent a semester volunteering at the Buffalo State Academic Center where she got the opportunity to tutor non-English speaking immigrants who were preparing to take their U.S. citizenship exam.
Her passion in political history and experiences in diverse classrooms sparked an interest in public policies designed for minorities and individuals in protected classes.
Samantha Williams was born and raised in Buffalo, New York. She is the youngest of three siblings and will be the first in her family to graduate with a bachelor’s degree. Growing up in a low-income family, she understood the urgency to continue her education. During college she also maintained a fulltime job and relied on financial aid and loans to pay her own way through college. She intends to further her education after the internship by applying to Howard Law School. Her mom and dad, Shareen and Sam Williams are extremely proud of their daughter. Congratulations Samantha!