Valuable internships highlight summer months for USD students

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Several students from The University of South Dakota are utilizing the summer months to gain valuable career experience through internships at the local, state and federal levels.

According to information provided by USD’s Academic and Career Planning Center, more than a dozen students are working in various government office internships out-of-state, including Washington, D.C. and in New York, while several additional students are completing internships in the state of South Dakota.

Patrick John Morrison, a political science and international studies major from Wakonda, S.D., is presently in Casablanca, Morocco, fulfilling a United States Department of State internship. Morrison is serving in the Consular Section primarily working in the Non-Immigrant Visa Unit and the Fraud Prevention Unit of the U.S. Consulate General. He has also been working with the Public Affairs and Political Sections as well as the Regional Office of the Department of Homeland Security.

“Morocco is a fascinating and diverse country, which has allowed me to have many memorable experiences outside of my work at the Consulate,” said Morrison, who has attended the world famous Gnaoua Music Festival in Essaouria to riding a camel through the sand dunes of the Sahara Desert. “My only regret is that I won’t be able to visit all of the wonderful sites Morocco has to offer during my 10 weeks here.”

Additional internships involving USD students this summer are Sarah Aker, chemistry and political science major, Piedmont, S.D., Sen. John Thune, Washington, D.C. office; Amanda Barton, political science and economics major, Vermillion, S.D., Iraqi Mission to the United Nations in New York City; Keaton Bauman, political science and history major, Huron S.D., Sen. John Thune, Washington, D.C. office; Shane Bryant, political science and communication studies major, Oacoma, S.D., Nancy Erickson, Secretary of the U.S. Senate, Washington, D.C.; Peter Conley, Office of the Attorney General, State of Iowa; Jordan Feist, political science major, The Bockorny Group, Washington, D.C.; Jen Gieselman of Sioux City, Iowa, Rep. Steve King, Sioux City, Iowa office; Ben Hausman, Iraqi Mission to the United Nations in New York City; Laura Hofer, political science major, Pierre, S.D., National Women’s Political Caucus, Washington, D.C.; Austin Hofeman, political science and history major, Huron, S.D., Nancy Erickson, Secretary of the U.S. Senate, Washington, D.C.; Meg Holland, political science and sociology major, Chamberlain, S.D., Sen. John Thune, Sioux Falls office; Teresa Johnson, Minnehaha County Republicans, Sioux Falls, S.D.; Brandon Reynolds, political science major, Dakota Dunes, S.D., Sen. Tim Johnson, Washington, D.C. office; Amber Robbins, international studies, political science and Spanish major, Watertown, S.D., Civil Rights Division of the Department of Transportation, South Dakota Government; Joshua Rose, political science major, Box Elder, S.D., Washington Internships for Native Students, Washington, D.C.; Emily Swanson, political science and English major, Brandon, S.D., South Dakota State Penitentiary Department of Corrections, Sioux Falls, S.D.; Lindsey VanBeek of Inwood, Iowa, Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, and Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, Washington, D.C. offices; and Heather Worthington, international studies and English major, Sioux Falls, S.D., Iraqi Mission to the United Nations, New York City.

For more information about internships and career planning at The U, please contact the Academic and Career Planning Center at (605) 677-5307 or visit on the Web.