Washington DC Summer Internship Program - Summer 2005

Nine students from the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University interned in Washington D.C. during June and July 2005 through the Washington D.C. Summer Study Program sponsored by the CSB/SJU department of political science.  The program was co-directed by Kay Wolsborn and Charles Rambeck (Department of Economics).

For over twenty years, students enrolled in the CSB/SJU Washington Summer Study Program learning community have benefited from the integration of their own experiences with those of the other participants, as well as from the wisdom of faculty scholars and political professionals. While earning academic credit and gaining field experience relating to national government and international organizations, the students work full-time in a variety of areas, including Congressional offices, non-profit advocacy groups, government agencies and public affairs. They meet weekly in seminars with CSB/SJU professors Kay Wolsborn and Charles Rambeck, the on-site directors of the program. The students also meet with U.S. Senators and Representatives from Minnesota and work with CSB/SJU alums, who offer a variety of perspectives on world events as well as career recommendations.  According to Wolsborn, “This is an extraordinary opportunity for any undergraduate interested in preparing for a career related to public service.  In no other setting can young people learn intensely, demonstrate their skills and motivation, and make so many connections in such a short period of time.”  

The students and their internships during Summer 2005 are: 

  • Kevan Bohan
    Congressional site: Office of U.S. Representative Mark Kennedy
    Major:  Political Science 
    Hometown: St. Joseph, MN
  • Ryan Brown
    Nonprofit sites: Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (professional association) and the National Academy on an Aging Society (policy research)
    Major: Political Science and History
    Hometown: Hastings, Minnesota.
  • Chase Cushman
    Political party site: Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee
    Major: Political Science
    Hometown: Monticello, MN
  • Andrew F. Johnson
    Policy advocacy site: David Turch and Associates
    Major: Political Science
    Hometown: Lindstrom, MN
  • Stephen Keimel
    International policy advocacy site: Chwat and Company
    Major: Political Science
    Hometown: North Oaks, MN
  • Megan Kelly
    International nonprofit site: Organization of American States
    Major: Political Science
    Hometown: Rochester, MN
  • Michael Kuhlmann
    Senate site: Office of U.S. Senator Mark Dayton 
    Major: Political Science and Management
    Hometown: Sartell, MN
  • Marcy Twete
    Policy advocacy site: Fabiani & Company   
    Major: Political Science 
    Hometown: Devils Lake, ND 
  • Allison Vacek
    Public sector bureaucracy site: Office of the Attorney General of the District of Columbia
    Major: Political Science
    Hometown: Hutchinson, MN

2005 interns

Internship Program

The Washington D.C. Summer Study Program is an 8-credit learning community program.

In addition to working in Washington D.C., participants are expected to learn about the sites where other program participants are working, to participate in orientation meetings, seminars, and workshops, as assigned throughout the year and through the summer.

Students live in community in furnished apartments near the Metro and experience life as a urban professional.