Mark Gee, senior majoring in Biological Engineering, in Biochemistry, 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
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, 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
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.