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An Interview with Ana Peruza, Legislative and External Relations Intern

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Today’s interview is with Ana Peruza, a summer intern working in the Office of Legislative and External Relations of the Law Library of Congress.

A headshot of Ana Peruza standing in front of a large globe.
Photo by Kevin Long

Describe your background.

I was born and raised in Annapolis, Maryland. I am currently a student at South River High School. As a result of my passion to become an engineer, I am completing my school’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) program to have the skills I need for my future career.

How would you describe your job to other people?

I am supporting the Office of Legislative and External Relations under the supervision of Jeanine Cali by organizing event flyers and programs and creating a spreadsheet that chronologically lists past public programs. I am also providing administrative and graphic design support.

Why did you want to intern at the Law Library of Congress?

I thought interning at the Law Library would offer me an opportunity to meet new people and learn new information that could help me in the future. I wanted to learn how an organization works to finish a project or an event, specifically how everyone’s individual task helps to complete the puzzle. I also wanted to have responsibility for certain projects and enhance my leadership skills.

What is the most interesting fact you’ve learned about the Law Library?

I have been most intrigued by the Law Library of Congress collection–that there are books from so many cultures from across the globe, as well as, a variety of collections including a gazette and rare book collection. It is pretty interesting to look through the collection. In particular, the rare books from around the 1600s or earlier with calfskin, sheepskin, and goatskin caught my eyes. In addition, I noticed the sizes and fonts of some of the books were different but amazing.

What’s something most of your co-workers do not know about you?

I love to sing all the time throughout the day. I also enjoy drawing, painting and playing video games with my friends. Otra es que mi padre es de El Salvador y mi madre es de Croacia y soy bilingue en Ingles y Espanol.

Translation: Another is that my father is from El Salvador and my mother is from Croatia and I am bilingual in English and Spanish.

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