Noah Miller ’22 — First of all, I would like to thank the Wabash Public Policy Project, because without them I would not have had the opportunity to intern with the Interactivity Foundation this summer. It is by the generosity of donors and the WPPP that I and other Wabash students are able to have fantastic summer experiences such as mine. Secondly, I would like to thank my internship coordinator, Dr. Shannon Wheatley Hartman, who gave me the opportunity to be a contributing member as opposed to fetching coffees. I really appreciated your approach and felt that the knowledge gained this summer was invaluable.
This summer as an intern with the Interactivity Foundation’s education department I had the opportunity to help develop a collaborative discussion curriculum that will be used by schools and communities across the country. I created four different modules to be placed into the Collaborative Discussion Toolkit, and I took this as an opportunity to see what was missing from the Toolkit that I could add. The experience of developing curriculum materials was eye-opening as to the backend process that our professors and teachers go through to create the classes that we come to know. This experience gave me a deeper appreciation for all the hard work and time that goes into developing a classroom curriculum.
Not only did I get the opportunity to develop some curriculum, but I also had the opportunity to help present the Collaborative Discussion Toolkit at the NCDD Summer Springboard conference that took place in July. Helping present these materials to a national conference was a really fun experience that gave me the opportunity to work on my public speaking skills as well as network within the dialogue and deliberation community. As well as having the opportunity to present at a conference, internally the Interactivity Foundation ran two summer trainings to prepare professors and community leaders to implement the Collaborative Discussion Toolkit into their programs. These two pieces of training gave me a chance to learn more about the planning and organization of online, multi-day events.
Overall, my internship experience with the Interactivity Foundation allowed me to develop and refine personal skills while also having the opportunity to engage with people and materials in ways that I had not had the chance to before. The style of the Interactivity Foundation made me really reevaluate the way that I make choices and the need to exhaust exploration of the problem before needing to come to a concrete decision.
Charlie Brady ’23 — First, I would first like to say a big thank you to the Wabash Public Policy Project (WPPP) and the Center for Innovation, Business, and Entrepreneurship (CIBE) at Wabash College for making my internship a reality. Without these incredible programs and the generous donors at Wabash, students have these meaningful opportunities.
This summer, I spent my time interning at the Office of Indiana Attorney General in the Data Privacy and Identity Theft Sector. While working for the Indiana Attorney General, I gained many new skills, including how to write memos and research ongoing cases. With these skills, I worked on Westlaw, Microsoft Teams, Lexis, and Salesforce. From my experience at Wabash, I have learned that writing is one of the most valuable skills that employers look for in the hiring process. My writing this summer improved tremendously because of the great mentors and resources the office provided.
Furthermore, I researched an ongoing case that included financial fraud with multiple companies. These companies were pharmacies, real-estate agencies, and consulting firms that moved money without being traced. Working on this case, I spent my time doing investigation work. The investigation work included going through bank accounts and financial statements to pinpoint the illegal flow of money. The investigation was very tedious but satisfying because of the progress we made that was impacting a case. Through this work, I am so grateful that I had the chance to meet so many lawyers and new friends. No matter what industry you are in, I have learned that creating new friendships and connections is vital to your success.
Lastly, I would like to thank Doug Swetnam ’88 and Heather Shumaker for their mentorship and professional advice. Without them this summer, I would not have gained the skills and knowledge this internship offered. All in all, I could not be more grateful to Wabash for connecting me to these astonishing individuals.
Sam Phillips ’23 –– First, I want to start by thanking the Wabash Public Policy Project (WPPP) and Wabash College for funding for my summer internship. As an intern at the Office of the Attorney General, I was able to gain first-hand exposure to Governmental law as an undergraduate student, which is an incredible opportunity. Without the funding from Wabash College and the WPPP, I would have been unable to devote my summer to the pro-Bono internship. So, I would like to thank the College and donors who help support projects like the WPPP.
This summer, I worked as an intern in the Data Privacy and Identity Theft section of the Office of the Attorney General. I learned how to research, write, and present legal memorandums. I also spent time working with investigators to collect data and information for cases. Every week I was able to sit in calls with Deputy Chiefs of each section of the Office of the Attorney General and learn what each section covers. I also received weekly training on internet safety, data protection, and telecommunications. I met Indiana Supreme Court Justice Davis and heard him talk about the importance of law and his advice for law school preparation. Finally, I had the opportunity to work alongside many incredible law clerks and attorneys that offered advice and help throughout the summer. My eight-week summer internship at the Office of the Attorney General has most definitely left a lasting impression on me and will be an experience that I will cherish for the rest of my life.
My summer experience has given me a lot of excitement for the future as I prepare for Law School. Before this internship, I struggled to find a summer experience that revolved around the field of law, especially cyber law. Overall, I gained clarity on my career aspirations and learned valuable life lessons. I’m ecstatic with the people in the Data Privacy and Identity Theft section of the Attorney General. They worked hard to make sure to create a meaningful experience for myself and my fellow interns. All in all, I could not have been happier with my summer experience at the Office of the Attorney General.
Miles Clutter ’22 — This summer, I worked for the Shepherd’s Center of Hamilton County Guardianship Program. The Shepherd’s Center consists of several programs to assist seniors and incapacitated adults to maintain their independence and a high quality of life. The Guardianship program acts as legal guardian for incapacitated adults when they or their families are unable to care for themselves and their assets effectively. The Guardianship Program was founded in 2020 and has experienced significant growth in the last year and a half.
I was attracted to working for the Shepherd’s Center because I wanted to work for a nonprofit foundation and because I wanted to feel like my work was important to their mission. The Guardianship Program being so young, they are overwhelmed with new clients and the lack of awareness of legal guardianship in the community and legal government. I was asked to complete a variety of tasks to ease the burden on our guardianship coordinators, such as creating a filing system for client documents, coordinating management of client assets, assisting with fundraising events, and drafting court documents on behalf of clients. While I expected this internship to be a predominantly legal internship initially, I enjoyed the variety and sometimes chaotic nature of day-to-day work. I learned a tremendous amount in a relatively short period of time, and continue to be inspired by the tireless work that the Shepherd’s Center does with, what I believe to be, minimal recognition.
I am very thankful for the Wabash Public Policy Project to have given me the opportunity to work at the Shepherd’s Center. As a relatively new nonprofit organization, the Guardianship Program was not able to offer me a paid internship. Without funding from the WPPP, taking this internship would not have been possible. I also had the opportunity to study abroad for the last half of this summer, which also would not have been possible without a paying job. In my WPPP internship, I met some wonderful people and nurtured my passion for nonprofit work and serving those who cannot serve themselves.
Nick Roberson ’24 — As the summer comes to a close and the faculty and students prepare for another year of profound learning and growth at Wabash College, my internship at the Carroll County Prosecutor’s Office also reaches its conclusion. Before I delve into the specifics of my internship, I must thank the many individuals and forces at play that allowed such an insightful experience to form and take place. First, I give many thanks to Lewis McCrary and the Wabash Public Policy Project for sponsoring and funding this internship, as well as their extensive work in hosting public policy workshops throughout the summer. I must also thank Roy Kaplan and Roland Morin of Wabash Career Services for their invaluable assistance in ensuring that every piece of this internship was in place and able to happen. Finally, I absolutely must thank Wabash-alum and Chief Deputy Prosecutor of Carroll County Shane Evans for taking me under his wing this summer and for granting me an abundance of opportunities to garner immense knowledge in the inner working of the justice system. All of you have my immense gratitude.
For the past ten weeks, I have had the immense pleasure of serving my community by interning at the Carroll County Prosecutor’s Office, where I serve under Prosecutor Nick McLeland and Chief Deputy Prosecutor and Wabash-alum Shane Evans. Since the inception of the internship, I have loved the work I have conducted under the Prosecutors, assisting them in developing plea deals, filing probable cause affidavits, as well as conducting research analysis for Mr. Evans. Specifically, I established a database wherein I researched topics such as the influence of mental illness and psychiatric disorders on young adult recidivism, factors associated with early marijuana initiation and its effect on future criminal behavior, and the effectiveness of different sentences and programs on crime prevention and rehabilitation. All in all, I have had a busy yet productive summer.
Throughout this internship, with the work I’ve conducted and the attorneys and judges I have been able to connect with, I have acquired an abundance of knowledge in the justice system, and I’ve attained a level of enlightenment that has pushed me towards pursuing a career in law. I’ve learned that to have a successful and enjoyable career in law, one must maintain a cool-head and develop a thick hide, as individuals become quite emotional when they must directly address the crimes they have committed or have been involved in or affected by. Practicing law is not an easy career, nor is it for the faint of heart. If one desires to become an attorney, prosecutor, or judge, they must be ready to give it their all, so to speak, and have a desire to have a positive influence on their community. All in all, this internship was a lifechanging experience for me, and I cannot wait to continue pursuing a career in law.
Andrew Flemming ’22 — First, I want to thank Wabash College and the Wabash Public Policy Project (WPPP) for funding such an insightful and meaningful experience. Also, I would like to thank both Dr. Brian Grim, Lewis McCrary, and others for connecting students with various nonprofit organizations such as Faith & Business Build a Better World (RFBF).
This summer, I had the privilege and pleasure of working as a Corporate Liaison for the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation as a part of the WPPP. I learned so much and have come to understand how important religious freedom is in the business sector. During my internship, I attended Zoom meetings with various employee resource groups in fortune 500 companies. These ERGs offer people the ability to bring their entire selves to work – faith and all. I have learned how important these groups are in the business world because they offer people a comfortability in the workplace that naturally translates to higher levels of productivity and progress. I have also had the privilege of working on the initiative which partners with the Paralympic Games in Tokyo to express the importance of peace across the world, especially interfaith understanding. The conference will feature many influential speakers and include awards for business professionals who have displayed extraordinary efforts to provide employees with the ability to express their faith and beliefs in the workplace.
To prepare for the conference, I selected photos and videos to recognize the award winners. Also, I wrote scripts to describe the people awarded by the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation. I was allowed to reach out to many different people and work with their schedules to record, obtain acceptance speeches and other visual components that would be helpful for the virtual conference. Because of the virtual platform, I learned how important it is to get all speakers and events scheduled, recorded, and uploaded so that the conference runs smoothly. Because it is a virtual conference, it is imperative to recruit people to participate and stress the importance of attending. I was responsible for reaching out to ERGs and encourage them to sign up for the conference.
Nonetheless, I attend the International Religious Freedom Summit in Washington, D.C., where I heard stories of persecution and ongoing movements to combat injustice. This summit was eye-opening and made me realize how important this movement is to our ever-changing world. Several nations do not allow their citizens the rights and freedoms that must accompany religious beliefs. Overall, the summit taught me how to move forward and inspire change in the future. I had an incredible experience and learned so much by working with the RFB. All in all, I am grateful to the WPPP for giving students opportunities to explore public policy internships.
Morgan Seagrave ’22 — I can’t bring myself to share about my internship experience without first showing my appreciation to those who helped to make it possible. So, I would like to begin by thanking the Wabash Public Policy Project (WPPP)for funding my internship, which allowed me to accept my internship in Washington D.C. It is a very expensive place to live, and without the funds provided by WPPP, I do not know that I would have been able to pursue this dream of an internship. Furthermore, I would like to thank Lewis McCrary for his hard work with the WPPP and for helping with my internship search, the application process, and the housing search. Lewis really went above and beyond to help me and others secure great internships this summer.
In my role as a legislative intern in Senator Mike Braun’s office in Washington D.C., I was able to work on a number of projects. What I enjoyed so much about the internship is the fact that so much of the role is about reading the news and keeping up with current events in politics as well as doing research. I was also able to further develop some soft skills by working in an office that involves a lot of networking and dealing with lobbyists and constituents. I thoroughly enjoyed the fast pace of D.C., constantly meeting politically driven people like myself, and running into famous politicians. It was also a lot of fun to meet up with the many Wabash alumni that reside in D.C. Probably my favorite experience of the internship though, would be all of us interns eating breakfast with Senator Braun in a restaurant in the U.S. Capitol Building, especially given what had happened at the Capitol earlier this year following the presidential election.
Diving more into my duties as an intern, it basically ran the gamut. On several occasions, I wrote letters back to concerned constituents that wanted responses to their questions regarding Senator Braun’s stance on a certain policy. Another duty I had was answering phone calls from constituents that either had complaints or wanted Senator Braun to support/oppose a certain piece of legislation. That responsibility definitely put me to the test, because constituents were often very passionate on the phone about certain policies/issues, and I had to be patient and calm with them in order to address their concerns. I believe my work as a Democracy Fellow with Wabash Democracy and Public Discourse really helped me when speaking to constituents on the phone. The bulk of my work, however, involved researching government documents and news articles in order to get information about different subjects and then make policy recommendations in hopes of Senator Braun proposing legislation based on my findings. All in all, this internship was incredible. I learned a lot, and it helped me get one step closer to figuring out what I want to do after I graduate.
Daniel Bass ’22 — Through the generosity of the Wabash Public Policy Project (WPPP), my dream to intern for a United States Congressman was made possible this summer. The WPPP’s commitment to student success allows Wabash College’s future leaders to learn the necessary skills to excel in their future careers. I am thankful that WPPP allowed me the opportunity to gain real-world experience by financially assisting me with my summer internship.
During the course of the summer, I had the honor and privilege of interning in the Champaign District Office of United States Congressman Rodney Davis. Through my internship, I was able to learn skills in communication, constituent correspondence, public policy, and numerous other valuable skills to succeed in a career in government. I was honored to have the opportunity to gain additional knowledge through various Congressional workshops, such as “Crafting Floor Remarks Writing Workshop” & “Communications & Social Media.”
One of the most rewarding aspects of my internship revolved around the ability to help fellow Illinoisans resolve issues that troubled their daily lives. Whether it be assisting a local veteran, an immigrant seeking citizenship, or a constituent concerned about policies that would impact their lives, the opportunity to provide guidance and assistance allowed me to witness the positive side of government that many people do not see. This internship has motivated and strengthened my passion to strive for a career in our nation’s capital. As a Wabash-educated Gentleman, and through the experiences of my internship, I know that it is our civil duty to continuously strive towards eliminating the divisiveness that plagues our great nation in an effort to improve the lives of all Americans.
Andrew Gonczarow ’22 — This summer, I had the opportunity to intern with the Crawfordsville | Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce as a part of the Wabash Public Policy Project (WPPP). It was an incredible experience to intern with a nonprofit organization this summer. I want to thank Wabash College for the opportunity, as none of these insightful experiences could have happened without the funding from the WPPP. I would also like to thank Executive Director Cassie Hagan and Assistant Director Casey Hockersmith for making me feel welcomed in the office from day one.
During my internship, I utilized and learning customer relationship management (CRM) software, member clicks. I reached out to certain people in our network, as well as update databases and conduct reports. Being able to learn how to use a CRM will be very beneficial in my future career. I enjoyed networking with professionals all around Montgomery County. In addition to that, I met new people within my community to see how these companies run and identify where the Chamber could help the businesses out.
My internship also enhanced my sales and interpersonal skills. For example, I went to businesses around the community that were members of the Chamber to sell them sponsorships and tickets to the annual Golf Scramble. Countless days my colleague and I would drive around Montgomery County, going from business to business to receive commitments. In managing the Golf Scramble, I learned a lot about adapting and that even with a good plan, there will always be more work.
Once more, I would like to thank Wabash College and the WPPP for allowing me to have these wonderful experiences, as this summer was crucial to my educational, personal, and professional growth.
Jakob Goodwin ’23 — First, I’d like to begin by thanking Lewis McCrary and everyone involved with the Wabash Public Policy Project for helping fund my internship this Summer. I spent my summer as a public policy intern at Indianapolis-based law firm Kroger Gardis & Regas. I have to thank Wabash alum Seamus Boyce ’03 for bringing me on at KGR to help him this summer.
I’m spending my summer doing a survey of educational policy across the United States. I was tasked with researching what other states were doing in educational policy that might help inform KGR’s education clients on what may be coming down the pipeline in Indiana and what the arguments for and against any given policy are. I’ve looked at issues from school funding and deregulation to contentious issues like critical race theory and transgender youth in sports. This project has expanded my knowledge in a subject that I don’t usually know a lot about, and I’ve come to enjoy reading about what steps our states are taking to help students.
This internship has also provided me an experience that I did not get in my internship at my local prosecutor’s office last year. Last year, I was confined to my home for my entire internship. This year, I’ve gotten to be in a law office full-time to really learn and experience what the day-to-day of practicing law is like. This has given me a great opportunity to learn more about my future career.
I need to thank Assistant Dean Roland Morin and Lewis McCrary for all their help in securing this internship. I need to thank Seamus Boyce and everyone else at Kroger Gardis & Regas for extending an opportunity to me and making this summer a great one.