Jennifer French Giarratano
Public Relations Manager
Andrew Young School of Policy Studies
Ann Philip of Johns Creek, Ga., is a third-year undergraduate student with a major in public policy and a concentration in public management and governance. For this legislative session, she has been assigned to the Government Oversight Committee.
When asked why she decided to become a GLIP Intern, Philip said:
“As a passionate advocate of public service, it has been a long-term goal of mine to serve the Georgia General Assembly in this capacity. Prior to starting my undergraduate degree at Georgia State, I had the privilege of shadowing multiple state representatives at the Capitol. In doing so, I had the pleasure of meeting two GLIP interns from our very own Georgia State who affirmed this spark of interest and motivated me to pursue this opportunity.”
During the program, she hopes to learn about the Georgia Legislature, how bills are drafted and become laws, and about intergovernmental relations.
It’s safe to say Philip is excited for what this session will bring.
“Opportunities like these, at this age, really are once-in-a-lifetime, and to take part in something as pivotal as this is everything I could ask for. Not only does a position like this allow me to kickstart my career in public service but, more importantly, meet and directly work with the change-makers of our state,” she said.
So far, her duties as a senate aide include constituent communications for her assigned chairman’s district, bill tracking, resolutions updates and attending and taking notes on various committee meetings outside of her own.
Outside of her internship at the Capitol, Philip is an active member of the Delta Zeta chapter at Georgia State where she has served in a number of executive positions, including vice president of finance. She is a seasonal poll manager and clerk for Fulton County elections, and tutors students through Cross-Cultural Ministries, a nonprofit working with underserved minority students and families through both educational and community engagement programs.
After graduating from Georgia State, she plans to devote her time to Georgia politics before pursuing graduate school. She also aspires to be part of the policy analysis process by contributing to the coalitions that help craft critical legislation and working for the well-being of our state’s most disadvantaged communities.
“As a Georgia Legislative Intern, I have the privilege of working directly with legislators and their teams whom I intend to work for and with for years to come,” she said. “In doing so, I will be able to expand my own capabilities while becoming increasingly prepared to step into my next role. By understanding the nature of the work and how things are done depending on the duty assigned to me, I have no doubt that this experience will make me ready for my future endeavors.”
- By student Atiyah Kennedy, Georgia State University Legislative Assistant