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2015 students

2015 Washington D.C. Summer Study Program (36th year of program)

Twenty students from the College of Saint Benedict, St. Joseph, and Saint John's University, Collegeville, participated in summer internship experiences through the Washington Summer Study Program from May 25 through mid-August, 2015.  This was the 36th year of the Summer Study Program designed and operated by CSB/SJU faculty and staff in the political science department.

It provides students an opportunity to live and work in the Washington, D.C., area while earning academic credit. Each student serves in a congressional office, on a committee staff, in a government agency, in a nonprofit organization or with a public affairs group, learning and working in a community. They apply for their internships based on their interests.

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

The twenty students were:

Marcus Barone, a SJU senior political science major from Eden Prairie, Minnesota who interned at David Turch & Associates, a government affairs organization that focuses on transportation policy.

Jake Collins, a SJU senior political science major from North Mankato, Minnesota, who interned at the Office of Mexican Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.

Anna Cron, a CSB senior individualized-political science major from Eden Prairie, Minnesota, who interned at the Organization of American States.

Peter Diliberti, a SJU senior political science major from Urbandale, Iowa, who interned for Iowa Representative Steve King.

Anne Gleich, a CSB junior political science major from Hastings, Minnesota, who interned at the League of Women Voters.

Sarah Haas, a CSB junior political science major from Denver, Colorado, who interned at the Office of the Secretary of State at the U.S. Department of State.

Kory Kleven, a SJU senior political science major from Larimore, North Dakota, who interned for North Dakota Representative Kevin Cramer.

Isaac Lindstrom, a SJU junior political science major from Sartell, Minnesota, who interned for Minnesota Representative Tim Walz.

Megan McGuire, a CSB senior political science and global business leadership double major from Montgomery, Minnesota, who interned for Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar.

Andrew Morley, a SJU senior political science major from Cambridge, Minnesota, who interned for Minnesota Representative Erik Paulsen, in Washington D.C.

Tiffany Peplinski, a CSB senior economics and political science major from Pine Island, Minnesota, who interned with the Office of Public Engagement at the U.S. Department of Labor.

Charles Pults, a SJU junior political science and history major from St. Paul, Minnesota, who interned for the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee.

Kyle Smith, a SJU junior political science and history double major from St. Cloud, Minnesota, who interned at No Labels, an organization that aims to overcome partisan conflict.

Katherine Stelzner, a CSB junior political science major from Maple Grove, Minnesota, who interned at People For the American Way.

Robin Swingley, a SJU senior political science major from St. Joseph, Minnesota, who interned at Jubilee USA Network, a non-governmental organization advocating for debt relief for developing nations.

Edwin Torres, a SJU senior political science major from San Pedro, California, who interned for California Rep. Janice Hahn in Washington, D.C. 

Alex Wald, a SJU senior economics major from Shoreview, Minnesota, who interned for Good Jobs First, a lobbying firm that works with grassroots groups and government officials to promote government accountability in corporate subsidies.

Daniel Lee Webb, a SJU senior political science major from Grand Prairie, Texas, who interned at the White House Council on Environmental Quality.

Mai Tong Yang, a CSB senior political science major from St. Paul, Minnesota, who interned for Minnesota Sen. Al Franken in Washington, D.C.

Sarah Young, a CSB senior political science major from Duluth, Minnesota, who interned at the Public Affairs Council, a nonpartisan, nonpolitical association for public affairs professionals.