A political career has never been far from Avery Blankís thoughts. "Iíve been told before that I should go into politics, but I'm not sure if I want to do it," she said recently. It was the University of Maryland School of Law's Women, Leadership & Equality program that drew Avery to the Baltimore-Washington region. But her third year of law school is proving to be the most challenging--giving her unlooked-for experiences in local, state, and federal government.
During the summer of 2010, Avery secured a coveted internship in the White House with the Office of General Counsel, Executive Office of the President (EOP), Office of Administration. Working with the Deputy General Counsel, Avery reviewed government ethics law in relation to presidential gifts and financial disclosure filings for senior officials. She also researched the issue of congressional contempt as it relates to when a third party contracted to The White House receives a request for records from Congress; this is important because information related to The White House is sensitive.
Selected as a Rose Zetzer Fellow in the Women, Leadership & Equality Program, Avery is interning for the Maryland Commission for Women. And in the spring semester, Avery will be interning for Baltimore City Council President Bernard "Jack" C. Young. Although her work in the fall and spring semesters will be much more policy related than her work in The White House, she is still enjoying her role on the political stage. "Even though my internship and law school work keep me on my toes, I go to bed every night with a smile on my face," Avery says. "It makes such a difference to be doing exciting and influential work."