USD Political Science Students Interning Regionally, in DC and Abroad in 2018

VERMILLION, S.D. – University of South Dakota political science students have secured more than 45 internships near to and far from campus during the spring and summer semesters in 2018.

"We have lots of students who are doing consequential things in 2018. They have secured internships all throughout the U.S. and the world. Whether it is working with state or local governments, Congressional offices, law firms, political campaigns, government agencies, lobbying firms, nonprofits, political parties, or some other type of organization, our students are pushing themselves to strengthen their education by bridging their classroom experiences with the ‘real world.’ We have found that internships are very meaningful in terms of helping students decide what they want to do after graduation and developing skills that make them nationally competitive for jobs and admission to graduate and professional schools," said Prof. Eric M. Jepsen, professor of political science and the internship director for political science majors.

USD’s Farber Fund provides financial support for all eligible undergraduates who major in political science and secure an internship. The Department of Political Science at USD is distinguished by close faculty mentoring, a challenging program of study, and financial support for high‐impact engagement activities like internships, study abroad, and student research.

The student interns, their hometowns, and where they’re interning:

SPRING 2018
 Sam Alvine (Sioux Falls, SD) House Republicans at SD Legislature, Pierre
 Stone Conley (Sioux City, IA) )Senator Charles Grassley, Sioux City)
 Katie Demaray (Harrisburg, SD) Disability Rights South Dakota, Sioux Falls
 Catherine Dougherty (Sioux Falls, SD) SD Legislature lobbyist with Tieszen Law Firm, Pierre
 P.J. Freidel (Rapid City, SD) Senate Republicans at SD Legislature, Pierre
 Amber Hulse (Hot Springs, SD) SD Secretary of State Shantel Kreb's office, Pierre
 Abby Kolar (Vermillion, SD) House Republicans at SD Legislature, Pierre
 Rose McLaughlin (Cedar Rapids, IA) U.S. State Department, Yaoundé, Cameroon
 Mary Merxbauer (Aberdeen, SD) Senate Republicans at SD Legislature, Pierre
 Jacob Selgestad (Yankton, SD) House Democrats at SD Legislature, Pierre
 Chris Skunk (Lower Brule, SD) House Republicans at SD Legislature, Pierre
 Cohl Turnquist (Winner, SD) Marty Jackley for Governor campaign, Sioux Falls)
 Tyler Wenande (Yankton, SD) Senate Democrats at SD Legislature, Pierre

SUMMER 2018
 Anna Andrews (Sioux Falls, SD) TUSA Ambassador, Taipai, Taiwan
 Rodrigo Balmaceda (Sioux Falls, SD) Children’s Home Society, Sioux Falls
 Hannah Booth (Pierre, SD) Division of Criminal Investigations, State of South Dakota, Pierre
 Maria Brady (Papillion, NE) MATTER NGO, Minneapolis, MN
 P.J. Freidel (Rapid City, SD) Rapid City Economic Development Partnership, Rapid City
 Emily Herbert (Sioux Falls, SD) SD State Penitentiary, Sioux Falls
 Krista Honomichl (Volga, SD) South Dakota Democratic Party, Sioux Falls
 Amber Hulse (Hot Springs, SD) Delegate Jason Miyares, Virginia Legislature, Charlottesville, VA
 Belma Husakovic (Sioux Falls, SD) LSS Center for New Americans, Sioux Falls
 Shukri Jama (South Sioux City, NE) Democratic Party of Iowa, Sioux City
 Phil Ladouceur (San Diego, CA) Evaluation & Data Visualization Intern at Sage Project Consulting, Vermillion
 Maria Lewis (Hartford, SD) U.S. Senator Mike Rounds, Washington D.C.
 Aaron Licht (Parker, SD) SD State Penitentiary, Sioux Falls
 Martin Long (Lyons, NE) Nebraska Appleseed and Global Partners in Hope, Omaha
 Sam Matson (Sioux Falls, SD) Heidepriem, Purtell, Siegel Olivier Law Firm, Sioux Falls
 Teagan McNary (Vermillion, SD) Randy Seiler for Attorney General, Pierre
 Rachel Newville (Perham, MN) Imagine Missions, Haiti
 Ross Oyler (Rapid City, SD) Billie Sutton for Governor, Rapid City
 Kaleb Peterson (Beresford, SD) Tim Bjorkman for U.S. Congress, Sioux Falls
 Mitch Rave (Baltic, SD) Governor’s Office of Economic Development, Sioux Falls
 Brett Ries (Watertown, SD) Brett Ries for SD House of Representatives Campaign
 Jacob Selgestad (Yankton, SD) Ramsey County Health & Wellness Service Team, St. Paul, MN
 Christian Skunk (Lower Brule, SD) Kristi Noem for Governor, Sioux Falls
 Jordan Smith (Rapid City, SD) South Dakota Democratic Party, Rapid City
 Madeline Smith (Sioux Falls, SD) O’Kelley & Sorohan Law Firm, Alpharetta, GA
 Josh Sorbe (Brookings, SD) U.S. Rep. Tim Walz, Washington D.C.
 Kristen Spaans (Hudson, SD) U.S. Senator Mike Rounds, Sioux Falls
 Kelli Susemihl (Merrill, IA) Serve Seattle Mission, Seattle, WA
 Sidney Thies (Sioux Falls, SD) Woods Fuller Shultz & Smith P.C. Law Firm, Sioux Falls
 Tyler Wenande (Yankton, SD) Association for Accessible Medicines, Washington D.C.
 Matthew Yetter (Philadelphia, PA) U.S. Civil Rights Commission, DC/South Dakota
 Carson Zubke (Waubay, SD) U.S. Senate Commerce Committee, Washington D.C.

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