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Gabriel Smith, ’15, master's in biological sciences

Gabriel Smith

Gabriel Smith (’17, political science) went to Washington, D.C., to work as an intern for Rep. Grace Napolitano, D-El Monte. He had a $300 Greyhound bus ticket, one suit and no place to live. He found a temporary home at a shelter that had an old-fashioned press and dry-cleaning system he used to keep his suit ready for work.

There he was, a graduate of Citrus College interning side by side with other students boasting Ivy League pedigrees. It was political boot camp for the Pomona native, who received first-hand lessons about the inner workings of the political process and how to talk to people from different demographics.

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