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Internships Provide Insights into Government Service

This past summer, five Spring Hill students gained firsthand experience serving on the staffs of local and regional government leaders. Joseph Mraz ‘19 worked in the office of U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson of Georgia, and Ryan Flynn ‘17, Kerri Ebanks ‘17, Brian Schmitt ‘17 and Conner Bueche ‘16, participated in internships with Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson.

In addition to answering phones and discussing current issues with constituents, Mraz’s work included collecting callers’ opinions for the Senator to review. 

Joseph Mraz interned with U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson of Georgia during summer 2016.
Joseph Mraz interned with U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson of Georgia during summer 2016.

Back in Mobile, Bueche worked for Stimpson’s Chief of Staff as part of the Millennial Challenge to connect millennials to the city of Mobile, while Flynn and Ebanks, who are both communication arts students, and Schmitt, an international studies major, assisted in the Mayor’s communications department. Flynn said the three were able to contribute to the Mayor’s overall communication functions as well as help create new initiatives such as Meet Mobile, Step Up! and the Collegiate Council of Mobile. “Not only has my internship reaffirmed my interest in a career in the political domain, but it has also shown me that the education and experiences that Spring Hill offers truly have prepared me for life after graduation,” Schmitt said. Bueche, who graduated in May, accepted a full-time position with the Mayor’s Chief of Staff in August.

SHC students interned with Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson during summer 2016.
SHC students interned with Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson during summer 2016.

The Mobile group was also tasked with creating a video using a popular song from the summer to highlight residents in the local community. Using Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling,” the end product of their labor includes close to 20 different groups from around Mobile. Ebanks, Schmitt and Flynn each contributed to different steps in the process, from idea to delivery. Flynn said the video has approximately 278,000 views and more than 5,000 likes. See the video here

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