Intern of the Week: Rep. Hare’s intern mingles policymaking, midfielding

Danny Kadishson, 20, is a jazz musician’s son but wants to go into politics. An intern with Rep. Phil Hare’s (D-Ill.) office, Kadishson’s doing more than making photocopies. He’s helping with press releases and blog posts, and discussing policy whenever he can.

“Any class I take, and we’re talking about theoretical things, I’m forming a bill in my head,” the Vassar College sophomore said.

“But I’m young,” he added, perhaps acknowledging the improbability of getting one of his bills passed this summer.
Even with politicians in the news for visits to prostitutes or corrupt practices, Kadishson isn’t cynical about a career in politics.

“It frustrates me that these people are elected and that they abuse their power,” he explained. “But it doesn’t discourage me.”

Some of that perseverance may arise from his other passion: soccer. He is in the midst of pre-season training now, though members of his college team are scattered across the country. The midfielder works out at night, including running six miles twice weekly. Whenever he sees people playing soccer, he joins in.

“I’m used to it from school — having to play and use your brain,” he said.

Not only is he working on the Hill and training for a college soccer season — he is a waiter at Circa on Dupont Circle, too. Despite the hectic schedule, he had a chance to attend the congressional baseball game with Hare, who didn’t appear on the roster but wanted to watch the game anyway. Kadishson said his boss has a “killer” sense of humor.

“I’m sure interns across the Hill have to force laughter at members’ corny jokes,” Kadishson said. “But it’s the opposite with the congressman. I have to hold the laughter back.”

A Long Island, N.Y., native, he finds a different city lifestyle in D.C. The IMAX 3D films playing at the Smithsonian captivate him, especially “Sharks,” during which he said he was “like a 4-year-old kid, grabbing at them.” He loves going out on the town, but there are drawbacks.

“The Metros are killing me — seeing 15 minutes on that board at 11:50,” he said. “But they also don’t smell like the New York metro.”