CSB/SJU students participate in Washington Summer Study Program

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June 28, 2007

Ten students from the College of Saint Benedict, St. Joseph, and Saint John’s University, Collegeville, are participating in the Washington Summer Study Program through the end of July.

The program, operated by the political science department at CSB/SJU, is designed to provide 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 Matt Lindstrom, associate professor of political science at CSB/SJU, and Claire Haeg, assistant professor of political science at CSB/SJU, conduct weekly seminars and arrange supplemental meetings with alumnae/i and other professionals to enhance the learning experience. Among the alumnae/i who have spoken to the students are David Rehr, ’81, president and CEO of the National Association of Broadcasters; and Peg McGlinch, ’95, chief of staff for Rep. Tim Walz (D, Minn.).

Students serving internships from CSB include:       

  • Mallorie Grehn, a senior political science major from Washburn, Wis., is interning at the offices of Rep. Dave Obey (D, Wis.);
  • Aimee Haag, a senior peace studies major from Litchfield, Minn., is interning at the offices of the Guatemala Human Rights Commission/USA;
  • Jenna Haler, a senior political science major from Hastings, Minn., is interning at the offices of the Public Defenders Service for the District of Columbia;
  • Ashleigh Marie Leitch, a junior political science major from Willmar, Minn., is interning at the offices of Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D, Minn.);
  • Katherine Ann McCoy, a senior political science major from Denver, is interning at the offices of Americans for Democratic Action;
  • Robyn Meyer, a junior political science and Spanish double major from St. Cloud, Minn., is interning at the offices of Sen. Klobuchar;
  • Ying Xu, who graduated from CSB May 12 with a major in economics, is interning at the offices of Chwat and Company, a lobbying and public affairs firm. She is from Kingston, Jamaica.

Students serving internships from SJU include:

  • Thomas Carl Freeman, a senior political science major from Eagan, Minn., is interning at the offices of David Turch and Associates, a government relations firm which provides strategic planning, legislative goal setting and political analysis;
  • Andrew North Johnson, a senior political science major from Eden Prairie, Minn., is interning at the office of Sen. Norm Coleman (R, Minn.);
  • Dusko Stojanovic, a senior political science major from Bosnia-Herzogovina, is interning at the offices of the Embassy of Bosnia-Herzogovina.