efforts. Volunteer organization. Outreach. Those are some of the key skills
Ashley Walukevich employs in her work for Senator Susan Collins, all of
which started back when she was a freshman political science major at Saint
Joseph’s. And she’s far from stopping now.
through what you do at Senator Susan Collin’s Biddeford office.
I assist her
constituents in regards to casework consisting of questions, comments, or
concerns they may have with federal issues and agencies. Some examples of the
casework include Social Security benefits, veterans’ benefits, military service
questions, immigration issues, etc. In addition, I also do outreach in the
greater York County area, attending various events and meetings on behalf of
the senator. It is a great honor to work hard for someone you believe in.
your first venture into politics?
graduated from Saint Joseph’s in 2012, I worked as a field director for the
Romney-Ryan campaign in Boca Raton, Florida. I managed the daily office
operations in one of the Romney Victory Offices. My tasks included budgeting,
scheduling volunteers for grassroots efforts, and performing outreach events in
As a field
director, I recruited, managed, and maintained an infrastructure of 10 interns
and over 700 volunteers to execute a successful voter contact strategy within
my region of Palm Beach County. I built the grassroots organization within my
selected area to personally contact voters through canvassing, phone banking,
and hosting and attending local events. I assisted in various events at my
office as well as at offsite locations. Some of these events included Senator
John McCain, former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, RNC
Co-chairman Sharon Day, former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton, and
Governor Romney’s wife, Ann. I also assisted in the volunteer coordination for
the final presidential debate between Governor Mitt Romney and President Barack
Obama at Lynn University. I was able to be onsite at the debate assisting in
managing the volunteer efforts.
Working on a
campaign is a lot of work, but it is something I greatly enjoy doing. It was a
great opportunity and an amazing experience to work for Governor Mitt Romney
and Representative Paul Ryan.
Did you prep
yourself for this line of work?
at Senator Susan Collins’ office all four years of my college career. This
internship gave me a firsthand experience with politics, allowing me to take
what I learned in the classroom and apply it to real-world situations. It was
foundational in my career after college. It allowed me to network and generate
lasting relationships. It was a great opportunity to learn how a United States
Senate office functions, the role of Senate employees, and how the Senator’s Constituent
Service Centers, like the Portland office, can help constituents. The
internship was a building block in my career that helped me attain the current
position I have today in the Senator’s Biddeford office.
College provide opportunities to gain world-real experience, which inform you
to this day?
I had an
opportunity to go to the United Nations in New York City, sponsored by the
Sisters of Mercy. We were able to meet with ambassadors, Foreign Service
officers, and even briefly attend the Conference on Indigenous Peoples. Also, I was
the Political Science Club president. We worked to raise money to travel to
Washington, D.C., with the help of SGA. Senator Collins’ office organized
various tours throughout D.C. for our club, and we were able to tour much of
the city. These
experiences brought my education full circle and would not have been possible
without the support of the Saint Joseph’s community. There are many
opportunities, you just can’t be afraid to take them.