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2012 Students

Fifteen students from the College of Saint Benedict, St. Joseph, and Saint John's University, Collegeville, participated in summer internship experiences through the CSB/SJU Washington, D.C. Summer Study Program from the end of May to the beginning of August.

The program, operated by the political science department at CSB and SJU in conjunction with The Eugene J. McCarthy Center for Public Policy and Civic Engagement, is designed to provide students with an opportunity to live and work in the Washington, D.C. area while earning academic credit. Students serve in congressional offices, committee staffs, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, think tanks, or public affairs groups. They apply for internships based on their personal and academic interests.

In addition to the work experience, program co-directors Matt Lindstrom, professor of political science at CSB and SJU, and Christi Siver, assistant professor of political science at CSB and SJU, conducted seminars and arranged supplemental meetings with alumnae/i and other professionals to enhance the learning experience.

Students from the College of Saint Benedict who completed internships during the summer of 2012 include:

  • Caitlin Coleman, a political science major from Rogers, Minnesota, interned with the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute.
  • Hannah Dolan, a political science major from Edina, Minnesota, interned with the National Capital Planning Commission
  • Mary Erickson, a political science major from Rochester, Minnesota, interned with the Democratic National Committee.
  • Yunya "Vicki" Liu, a political science major from Changsha, Hunan (China), interned with the International Law Institute.
  • Madolynn Morken, a political science major from Madison, Minnesota, interned with David Turch & Associates.
  • Isabel Pennings, a peace studies major from Hayden Lake, Idaho, interned with Physicians for Social Responsibility.
  • Caitlin Spence, a political science major from Anoka, Minnesota, interned with the American Legislative Exchange Council.
  • Katie Spoden, an environmental studies and political science major from Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, interned with Worldwatch Institute.
  • Alivia Tison, an English and Hispanic studies major from Des Moines, Iowa, interned with Latin America Working Group.

Students from Saint John's University who completed internships during the summer of 2012 include:

  • Austin Eighan, a German and political science major from Sartell, Minnesota, interned with the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute.
  • Edward Hanlon, a political science major from Omaha, Nebraska, interned with the Democratic National Committee.
  • Wenyu Heng, an accounting major from Nanjing, Jiangsu (China), interned with the Jubilee USA Network.
  • Adam Ironside, a communication and political science major from Prescott, Wisconsin, interned with the Public Affairs Council.
  • Kunihiro Shimoji, a political science major from Okinawa, Japan, interned with the National Association of Japan-America Societies.
  • Drew Stommes, a political science major from Eden Valley, Minnesota, interned with the Henry L. Stimson Center.