Martha Roby: Summer interns gain valuable experience

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Each year my office brings on summer interns who work alongside my staff to support our legislative business and constituent services efforts. Congressional internships offer college-age young people valuable experience and unique exposure to our government at work. We have been blessed with terrific interns this summer, and I wanted to take this opportunity to recognize each of them.

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Rep. Roby with three 2016 D.C. summer interns — Jordan Kramer of Prattville, Drake McGowin of Montgomery and Emily Durden of Ozark — at the Congressional Women’s Softball Game [Photo courtesy of Rep. Martha Roby]

Interning in our Capitol Hill office in Washington, D.C. were:

  • Emily Durden, of Ozark, who studies public relations at the University of Alabama;
  • Tazewell Flowers, of Dothan, who studies finance at the University of Alabama;
  • Jordan Kramer, of Prattville, who studies public relations at Auburn University;
  • Baily Martin, of Birmingham, who studies political science at the University of Alabama;
  • Drake McGowin, of Montgomery, who studies English at the University of Alabama;
  • Lenze Morris, of Ozark, who studies public relations at Auburn University; and
  • Candler Reynolds, of Montgomery, who studies art at Furman University.

Interning in our district office in Montgomery, Ala. were:

  • Madeleine O’Mara, of Montgomery, who is a student at The University of Notre Dame;
  • Anna Grace Parnell, of Stanton, who is a student at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College;
  • Sterling Dixon, of Newnan, Georgia, who is a student at Huntingdon College in Montgomery; and
  • Tyler White, of Montgomery, who is a student at the University of Alabama.
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Rep. Roby holds a staff meeting in her Washington, D.C. office, which includes her first class of 2016 summer interns [Photo courtesy of Rep. Roby]

In addition to their various daily duties, we challenge our intern classes to complete a special project proposing a legislative idea. They conduct research into issues, study the legislative process and develop detailed proposals — all on their own. They then present their project to the whole office, which can be a little intimidating. I have to tell you, I was very impressed with what our interns delivered. I have no doubt these smart, talented young people will be successful in the careers they pursue.

I once served as a Congressional intern myself, so I understand how challenging and rewarding the experience can be. I appreciate the hard work each of our interns put in on behalf of the 2nd Congressional District. Their willingness to serve their state and be a part of the legislative process is commendable, and I wish them all the best as they return to college in the fall.

If you or someone you know is interested in pursuing a Congressional internship, applications for Summer 2017 will be available early next year on my website, Roby.House.gov.

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Martha Roby represents Alabama’s 2nd Congressional District. She lives in Montgomery, Alabama with her husband, Riley, and their two children.

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