Political Science

Washington D.C. Summer Study Program

The Washington Summer Study Program is designed to provide students with an opportunity to live and work in the Washington, D.C., area while earning academic credit. Each student will serve in a Congressional office, on a committee staff, in a government agency, in a nonprofit organization, or with a public affairs group. In addition to the work experience, the faculty moderator will conduct seminars and arrange supplemental meetings with alumni(ae) and other professionals to enhance the learning experience.

This program is available to students from any major. Many students choose to work with a Senate or House office or with lobbyists and government relations firms. Economics majors can intern with the World Bank, IMF, or numerous other financial institutions. Peace Studies majors on the program have worked for human rights organizations and non-governmental organizations working in international development. Environmental Studies majors can work for the EPA or environmental policy organizations. Others might consider journalism internships, or internships within the federal bureaucracy. Natural Science majors can work for a health policy group and fine arts and humanities majors might think of interning with organizations such as the National Endowment for the Arts. There are literally thousands of internships in Washington DC. They are competitive but we assist you through the application process.

D.C. Summer Study Program returns for its 42nd year

July 8, 2021

Eleven students from the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University are participating in summer internship experiences through the Washington, D.C., Summer Study Program through a combination of in-person, hybrid and remote internships.

Eight students are living in Washington this summer, while three are completing remote internships with sites in D.C. Last year, the entire program was virtual and it is expected that 2022 will mark a return to a completely in-person program.

This is the 42nd year of the Summer Study Program, designed and operated by CSB/SJU faculty and staff in the political science department.

The program provides students an opportunity to work in a Washington congressional office, 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 and receive academic credit.

In addition to the work experience and completion of coursework, program director, Dr. Christi Siver, associate professor of political science at CSB and SJU, conducts seminars and arranges supplemental meetings with alumnae/i and other professionals.

The program is coordinated by Sheila Hellermann, department coordinator for political science, sociology, peace studies and accounting and finance.

The 11 students (listed alphabetically) include:

  • Madison Doran, a CSB senior majoring in communications from Circle Pines, Minnesota, is a digital marketing intern for IMGE, a digital firm working on political campaigns and corporate marketing.
  • Katherine Fenske, a CSB junior majoring in integrative science (with a focus on public health), from Shoreview, Minnesota, is the government relations intern at AHRI, a trade association representing heating and cooling companies, working on the development of and advocating for environmental and energy policy and legislation at the state and federal level which impacts the industry.
  • Lily Fredericks, a CSB senior majoring in political science from Eden Prairie, Minnesota, is a Policy Associate, interning for Jubilee USA Network, a non-governmental organization advocating for debt relief for developing nations.
  • Brenda Rojas Gutierrez, a CSB junior majoring in political science from Minneapolis, is a development intern for the National Immigration Forum, which advocates for the value of immigrants and immigration to our nation.
  • Brianna Kreft, a CSB senior majoring in political Science from Elbow Lake, Minnesota, is the international affairs intern at AHRI, a trade association representing heating and cooling companies, working on global performance standards, certification programs and industry information including trade and tariff issues with U.S. and international agencies and foreign embassies.
  • Mickaela Maehren, a CSB senior with an individualized major in Community Action and Advocacy from Clearwater, Minnesota, is interning for Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN), a national organization with the sole focus of preparing college women for leadership in the public policy arena.
  • Sydney Richter, a CSB junior double-majoring in political science and gender studies is interning for U.S. for Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota.
  • William Schwinghammer, a SJU senior economics major from Edina, Minnesota is a Policy Advocate Intern with Jubilee USA Network, a non-governmental organization advocating for debt relief for developing nations.
  • Justin E. Smith, a SJU senior political science major from Nassau, Bahamas, is interning at the Embassy Consular Annex of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.
  • Hailee Thayer, a CSB senior political science major from Prior Lake, Minnesota, is policy intern with the Satellite Industry Association, a trade association providing representation of the leading domestic satellite operators, service providers, manufacturers.
  • Julian Camilo Yaruro Carreño, a SJU senior double-majoring in political science and economics, from Cúcuta, Norte de Santander, Colombia, is a Policy Associate, interning for Jubilee USA Network, a non-governmental organization advocating for debt relief for developing nations.
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Washington D.C. Summer Study Program

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Contact the Political Science Department
College of Saint Benedict
Saint John’s University

Dr. Whitney Court
Chair, Political Science Department
SJU Simons 146
320-363-2048

Sheila Hellermann
Department Coordinator
SJU Simons 150
320-363-2731