Washington DC Public Policy Internship Cohort​

Mark Gee    
Mark Gee   

Mark Gee, geem@purdue.edu

Mark Gee, senior majoring in Biological Engineering, inBiochemistry, and in Agronomy, from Johnston, Iowa.He interned the summer of 2016 with DuPont, and worked as a Government Affairs Intern.His plans for the internship were to broaden his knowledge and experience, connect with experts through the Purdue network, and to build community with other Purdue students.

While at the internship, he assisted the Government Affairs team with various legislative issues of interest to DuPont.His most rewarding experience was tracking the food waste legislation on the Hill.His final report included the policy analysis of the actual legislation, description of public perception, and an analysis of the political prospects for the legislation.Mark felt this DC internship was exactly the experience he needed to better understand the political process.

Charles Hawthorne  
Charles Hawthorne  

Charles Hawthorne, chawtho@purdue.edu

Charles Hawthorne, a junior majoring in Biochemistry, from Indianapolis, Indiana.While at Purdue, Charles has been involved in the Diversity Action Team in the College of Agriculture and Purdue Queer Students of Color.

He interned this summer for HIPS (Helping Individual Prostitutes Succeed).Throughout high school and at Purdue, Charles stated he had an incredible number of opportunities to participate in a variety of experiences revolving around his central goal of health.He has worked in hospitals, consumer goods, and participate in research for medicine and academics.He had not had the chance however to make a change on a large enough scale.His goal was to work with national public policy to change lives on a large scale.While at HIPS, Charles monitored bills in the DC council that affected the HIPS clients, writing summaries for the organization of the books as well as crafting a response, performing syringe exchange, handing out safer sex materials, creating policy and advocacy related materials and programming. Charles relayed this was a life changing experience for him.

Jordan Paine  
Jordan Paine  

​Jordan Paine, painej@purdue.edu

Jordan Paine, a senior majoring in Agricultural Education and in Political Science, from Oxford, Nebraska.At Purdue, Jordan has been involved in Pi Sigma Alpha-The Political Science Honors Fraternity, the Indiana Association of Agricultural Educators – Purdue, Golden Key International Honors Society, Agricultural Education Ambassador, Agricultural Education Mentor, Honors Leadership Council, Purdue Crew, and Intramural sports.

Jordan has a passion in agricultural policy around food security, which led her to want to participate in the political arena in DC.She interned this summer for Senator Ben Sasse from Nebraska.Jordan felt being in DC gave her a better understanding of government.Her main focus was to handle mail, give tours, answer phone calls, and conduct research.She stated she gained more knowledge just by being in DC.Having had this opportunity, Jordan has altered her plans for after graduation with more of an interest in the state political stage.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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