2022 Students

Washington, D.C. Summer Study Program offers students experience in global, U.S. public policy

12 CSB and SJU students participate in 43rd year of capitol internship opportunity.

June 15, 2022

Political and legal activism in criminal justice reform, climate issues, men’s health and Latino economic advancement are the focus of summer internships for several students from the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University participating in the 2022 CSB and SJU Washington, D.C. Summer Study Program.

Others are learning advocacy, research and membership-building for non-profits supporting public school teachers, the air conditioning industry and Hispanic physicians.

Two students’ internships have an international focus advocating for victims of torture and promoting human rights, while two others will have a traditional internship on Capitol Hill, working in a senator’s office and for a congressional committee.

In total, 12 students from the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University have internships through the program. All will spend the summer in Washington, a first for participants since 2019. The onset of the pandemic forced a year of remote participation in 2020 and another with a split set of experiences in 2021.

The program, now in its 43rd year, provides opportunities to work in a congressional office, a government agency, a nonprofit organization or with a public affairs group, learning and working in a community. The students apply for their internship based on interest and receive academic credit. In addition to work experience and completion of coursework, CSB and SJU faculty travel to Washington to conduct seminars and arrange supplemental meetings with alumnae/i and other professionals.

Dr. Phil Kronebusch and Dr. Jim Read, political science professors, are directing the program this year. It is coordinated by Sheila Hellermann, coordinator of the Political Science Department.

Participants in the CSB and SJU 2022 Washington, D.C. Summer Study Program include: (back row) Evan Mattson, Sam Rengo, Gunnar Laughlin, Jose Reynoso, Jack Mehus, Julia Krystofiak and Claire Boettcher; (front row) Fredi Ponce Parra, Nayeli Carreno, Grace Terlinden, Sydney Walker and Morgan Van Beck.

This year’s students are:

Washington D.C. Summer Study Program

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College of Saint Benedict
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Dr. Whitney Court
Chair, Political Science Department
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