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Internships offer myriad learning experiences for USD students

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Students from the University of South Dakota Department of Political Science are making career strides and receiving credit thanks to part-time and full-time internships around the United States this summer.  

Washington, D.C. is a popular location, as eight USD students are working in the nation’s capital interning at various government jobs while several students are working closer to campus with internships in state offices at Huron, Pierre and Sioux Falls.

Cassie Bartlett, a junior political science and contemporary media and journalism double major from Sioux Falls, is presently interning with the Fox Business Network, a 24-hour business news network that operates out of the same headquarters as Fox News in New York City. The 10-week internship consists of learning the process of competitive research on shows and potential guests, assisting with special projects, shadowing on-air talent and sitting in on “pitch” meetings or working in the control room.

Bartlett applied for her internship through Fox News Channel University, a program for students looking to intern with the company. After a phone interview with Fox’s internship coordinator, Bartlett was selected and began working as an intern at the end of last month.

“I was applying for internships that would get me outside of my comfort zone and be a little more daring,” Bartlett noted. “Because my internship is with the channel that broadcasts nationally, I’m working with some of the most recognized names in broadcast business networks. It’s exciting to be in the place where it all comes together and to see how a national broadcaster works.”

Additional internships involving USD students this summer include Alayna Ackerman of Rapid City, S.D., United States Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., Washington, D.C. office; Joseph BlissofSioux Falls, S.D., United States Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., Sioux Falls office; Ryan Blake of Pierre, S.D., United States Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., Sioux Falls office; Katie Bojan of Papillion, Neb., United States Rep. Lee Terry, R-Neb., Washington, D.C. office; Michelle Corio of Elk Point, S.D., State and Local Campaigns Team, American Cancer Society, Washington, D.C.; Jilanne Doom of Wagner, S.D., Bureau of International Information Programs, State Department, Washington, D.C.; Clay Hoffman of Winner, S.D., South Dakota Farmers Union, Huron; Jenny Kelly of Omaha, Neb., United States Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb., Washington, D.C. office; Seth Lopour of Pierre, Office of Legal Counsel, South Dakota Department of Transportation, Pierre; Zach Nipp of Langford, S.D., United States Senate Banking Committee, Washington, D.C.; Sam Reuland of White Lake, S.D., United States Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., Sioux Falls office; Blaine Reynolds of Revillo, S.D., Career Transitions Center, State Department, Washington, D.C.; Lexy Schuman of Mitchell, S.D., United States Secretary of the Senate, Washington, D.C.; and Tyler Tordsen of Rapid City, Office of the Governor, State of South Dakota, Pierre.

For more information about these internships or for additional information about the Department of Political Science at USD, please contact (605) 677-5242 or email polsci@usd.edu. You can also visit the department's website at www.usd.edu/polsci.

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