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Field Period Sets Drumm on Capitol Hill Path

KEUKA PARK, NY – Freshman Thomas Drumm wants to follow in the footsteps of U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y).

He’s already taken an important first step, thanks to Field Period.

Oswego's Tom Drumm with U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer
Oswego's Tom Drumm with U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer

The political science and history/organizational communication major from Oswego conducted his first Field Period at Schumer’s Central New York regional office in Syracuse during January.

The senior senator from New York’s office was a logical choice for Drumm because he “shares Schumer’s Democratic platform” and they “relate on a lot of things.”

Drumm’s responsibilities increased as the month-long, real-world internship played out.

“I started off cutting newspaper clippings, which was my least favorite part of the Field Period,” recalled Drumm.

However, it wasn’t long before he was answering phone calls from constituents, taking notes on conference calls, and attending press conferences.

By the end of the Field Period, Drumm was helping new interns learn the ropes.

The beauty of Field Period is that it can solidify a student’s career aspirations or send him or her in another direction. For Drumm, the former was the case, and he is looking forward to  spending the next 3-plus years in Keuka Park preparing for a career that will hopefully lead to Capitol Hill.