Five Reinhardt students will get hands-on experience in a local Congressional office this academic year.
Senior Allie Hale, junior Blake Hawthorne, freshman Hayden Lathren, senior Blake Marbut and junior Will Sizemore, will be interning with Congressman Barry Loudermilk’s office. Some will start this fall, while others will intern in the spring.
“I’m ecstatic about getting this opportunity to intern for our Congressman,” Hale said. “It’s an amazing opportunity that not many people get the chance to go for. I’m excited for what I will learn and how it will help me grow.”
Loudermilk’s district director, Ceric Martin, and field representative John Wallace met with Dr. Kina Mallard to express their interest of having Reinhardt students join the Congressman’s office as interns. From there, it was a simply a matter of making connections with Reinhardt’s pool of potential student interns.
“Congress is in recess for six weeks this fall because it is an election year,” said Wallace. “The Congressman will be in the office a great deal, and there’s a good chance they will get to see him and interact with him in meetings, and certainly with his staff.”
Career Services Director Peggy Collins Feehery worked with the Congressman’s office to find just the right students for placement. “I contacted a number of faculty and asked for recommendations, and they nominated six students,” Collins-Feehery said, adding requirements include that students have a GPA of more than 3.5 to be considered.
Duties the interns will be tasked with include answering phones, clerical work, updating directories and attending community events with Loudermilk’s staff.
“We deploy interns to help compile programs and get them ready to go out the door,” Wallace said. “We train them to answer the phone and how to talk to constituents.”
Reinhardt student interns will be working out of Congressman Loudermilk’s Woodstock office.