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WSDA Congressional Intern, Halee Hyatt Completes DC Internship in Congressman Rick Larsen's Office

Halee Hyatt, WSDA's Congressional intern for 2012, completed her summer internship in Congressman Rick Larsen's office last Friday. Halee is from Bellingham, Washington and will begin her second year at the University of Washington School of Dentistry in the Fall. During her time on Capitol Hill, Halee worked on a broad range political issues and was a tremendous asset to Congressman Larsen's staff. WSDA would like to thank Halee for her service and for being a tremendous ambassador for both WSDA and the dental community. Please take some time to read about Halee's experience and visit her blog,


For a dental student, spending the summer working as a legislative intern on Capitol Hill is a unique opportunity, but finding a dental student among the hundreds of congressional interns may be even more rare.  For the past five weeks I’ve been immersed in the intricacies of federal office and exposed to the debates raging over healthcare, defense spending, and tax cuts. As a rising second year dental student at the University of Washington, my adventure in D.C. marks not only unforgettable and unprecedented access to our nation’s capital city, but the beginning of what I hope will be a lifelong commitment to advocacy.

For me, working in Washington, D.C. is about more than the political process; it has also been a chance to sample new cuisines, explore new neighborhoods, and stand beneath the symbols of our national unity. This summer, I’ve kept a blog to record the glimpses of all of those facets of my experience. Feel free to take a look at In the year to come, as President of the American Student Dental Association chapter at UW, I’ll not only remember the hearings about healthcare reform and lectures from prominent officials, but I’ll remember the people and sights that have made my experience so impactful.

I also owe a huge debt of gratitude to the WSDA members and administrators who made this opportunity possible. I will be forever grateful to the WSDA for supporting the involvement of curious dental students like me in the political process! Thank you so much!

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