2016 Brandl Scholars

2016 Brandl Scholars: 

              R.J. Alpers

I am very excited and honored to be a part of the Brandl Scholars program. As a result of receiving the Brandl Scholarship, I will be able to participate in the CSB/SJU Summer Study Program in Washington, D.C. This summer I will be working on Capitol Hill as a legislative intern for Congressman Tim Walz; I am thrilled to gain first-hand experience and be immersed in the legislative process. It has always been my goal to work on Capitol Hill and thanks to the Brandl Scholarship it is now a possibility. Through this internship, I hope to further my understanding of public office, policy, and deepen my analytical skills, allowing me to bring my summer experience back to my classrooms at CSB/SJU for my senior year. My goal after graduation is to attend law school; therefore, working for Congressman Walz this summer will be a defining event as I begin taking the first steps toward this goal. I am very grateful for the Brandl Scholar Program for affording me the opportunity to have this experience.



The John Brandl Scholarship has provided me the opportunity to intern in Washington, D.C. this summer. The internship will aid in shaping a future career in public health, particularly in a research position. I am interested in studying global health with an emphasis on the human rights of those living in poverty and health problems specific to poor populations. This spring semester I have been volunteering at the Missionvale Care Centre in Port Elizabeth, South Africa and the experiences I have gained here inspire me to pursue an internship with Better Medicare Alliance. I am incredibly thankful for the Brandl Scholarship, as I would not be able to pursue the same career opportunities without it.

      Ian Durbin


     Lucas Giese


This summer I will be working at Jubilee USA Network, an alliance of more than 75 US organizations, 550 faith communities and 50 Jubilee global partners. Jubilee is building an economy that serves, protects and promotes participation of the most vulnerable. I aspire to work as a researcher for the organization, creating reports and content that contribute to the organization's mission while also honing my own skills. The international scope of the organization in Washington D.C. would complement experience I have already had abroad with an influential role in international politics and policy. The Brandl Scholarship has allowed me to explore an experience in Washington, D.C. and to continue to pursue a career in international politics. The Brandl Scholarship makes expanding the scope and reach of students' passion and interests possible.  


Last summer, I was fortunate to be a part of the Washington, D.C. Summer Study Program, where I completed an internship with the League of Women Voters of the United States. This experience furthered my future goals to work in the non-profit sector, particularly in government affairs or with legislative work. Thanks to the John Brandl Scholarship, I am able to further these goals by completing another internship this summer in Senator Amy Klobuchar's Minneapolis office. I am so grateful for this opportunity, because I certainly would not be able to have this internship experience without the many contributions from the John Brandl family. 

       Anne Gleich


               Sarah Haas



Last summer, I interned at the State Department in Washington DC where I gained an appreciate for the United State's foreign policy domestically. This summer, I intend to go abroad where I can see the impact of the United States in other countries on the Bosnia Summer Internship program through CSB/SJU Office of Education Abroad. I will be interning with the Mosiac Foundation. I am very appreciative of the Brandl Scholars program for allowing me to pursue my passions of international relations. 

Through the John Brandl Scholars program, I have been granted the ability to intern in Washington, D.C. this summer. I will be focusing on science policy in hopes of understanding the relationship between government and scientific organizations more fully. My focus is currently centered around environmental policy. I plan on channeling my enthusiasm for the field this summer as an intern. My internship at the American Heating and Refrigeration Institute will provide a combination of research and policy-making that affects our day-to-day lives. 


           Nick Harbeck


           Collin Joyce


Thanks to the John E. Brandl Scholarship, I will be able to devote my summer to an internship with the Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia. The Carter Center is a nonprofit public policy center founded by Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter to fight disease, hunger, poverty, conflict, and oppression around the world. In particular, I intend to spend my time as a conflict resolution intern. In this position, I will help to further the mission of the Conflict Resolution Program by helping to prevent, resolve, and end armed conflict. This is the same type of work I would like to do upon graduation in the spring of 2017. Without the Brandl Scholarship, I would not have the luxury to accept and unpaid internship. I am extremely grateful for the opportunities that tis scholarship has allowed me to pursue.


I have been given the wonderful opportunity to intern for the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) in Washington, D.C. this summer through the Washington, D.C. Summer Study Program. Interning at NDRN will introduce me to the world of public policy, and I will assist in advocating for the enforcement of laws to protect people with disabilities. I am excited to witness the process in which NDRN works with the legislative and executive branches on legislation affecting disability in public policy. The Brandl Scholarship is allowing me the opportunity to apply my passion for disability rights to a possible career path during an exciting time in public policy with the upcoming presidential election. I am honored to represent myself as a CSB/SJU student and Brandl Scholar in Washington, D.C., and I am immensely grateful for the experiences I will have this summer, which would not have been possible without the generosity of the Whalen family on behalf of John E. Brandl.





Mary Korman




     Isaac Lindstrom



I will be using the John Brandl Scholarship to take an active role in environmental policy or hands on environmental work. I will be working with Saint John's Outdoor University this summer. I believe this internship reflects directly on what the John Brandl Scholarship is all about, public policy, service, and leadership. I will be explaining the governmental policies to guests, while offering services and gaining leadership experience. I thank the McCarthy Center for providing this opportunity, as well as Dan and Katharine Whalen for their support of our institutions and the Center.

Thanks to the John Brandl Scholar Program I have the opportunity to pursue a goal directly derived from my life experiences, all culminating in a desire to serve others. From my past endeavors the way in which I found myself most effective in attaining this goal was the area of law. As I began to truly develop a passion for law, I decided I wanted my next opportunity to be centered on a sphere which has so greatly benefited me: civil rights. I will be a summer fellow with New Sector Alliance where I will develop skills critical to working in the non profit sphere and attending many different training sessions. I will then put these skills into daily use at one of their partner organizations, Neighborhood Development Center. The Brandl scholarship will allow me to devote all my time to gaining as much experience as possible without worrying about financial restrictions. It is crucial to my personal aspirations and identity as an African American to pursue a future of helping those who cannot help themselves, and without the Brandl Scholarship I can definitively say my opportunities to fulfill these desires would be vastly limited.


     Zachary McFarland


       Mia McVicker


The John Brandl Scholars Program has provided me an incredible opportunity to work and live in Washington, D.C. this summer as part of the Washington, D.C. Summer Study Program. This summer, I look forward to interning with the American Federation of Teachers. By assisting in the research and lobbying of equitable policy initiatives, I hope to sharpen my understanding of education advocacy. This scholarship has offered me the chance of a lifetime to participate in the democratic process and I am deeply grateful to both the John Brandl Scholars Program and the Whalen family.


Thanks to the John Brandl Scholar Program, I will be able to spend the summer in Washington, D.C. through the CSB/SJU Summer Study Program. I will be interning in the United States Department of State, in the Foreign Press Center. I look forward to this opportunity to further my knowledge of U.S. foreign policy and work with journalists from all over the world. The goal of the FPC is to promote the depth, accuracy, and balance of foreign reporting from the U.S., by providing direct access to authoritative American information sources. This scholarship allows me to work in a very unique environment, at the intersection of public policy and news reporting on it. I am very grateful to the John E. Brandl Scholars Program and the Whalen family for having afforded me this amazing opportunity.



              Madison Morris


      Allison Ryan-Mosley


Thanks to the John Brandl Scholarship, I have the opportunity to intern at The Citizen's League of Minnesota. The Citizen's League upholds a similar mission to John Brandl; it seeks to create common ground between political parties in order to solve the major problems of Minnesota. I am currently pursing a political science major with a focus on international relations as well as minors in economics and Hispanic studies. I hope to use these complimentary backgrounds to eventually work in human rights advocacy and/or economic sustainability in impoverished areas around the world. With that said, I believe it is essential to first understand the complex dynamics of one's home state or country before reaching out to the international community. Thus, I feel strongly about working locally in The Citizen's League of Minnesota to utilize the beneficial and educational recourses in Minnesota, just as Brandl consistently emphasized during his career.