Student Ambassadors Reflect on Summer Internships

October 10, 2018

By Alexis Soucy

The New Hampshire Institute of Politics’ Kevin B. Harrington Student Ambassadors completed a variety of internships during summer break, representing Saint Anselm College locally, nationally, and internationally. 

Several students held internships in Washington, D.C., including communication major Karoline Leavitt ’19 from Atkinson, N.H. Leavitt interned in the Office of Presidential Correspondence, one of the largest and oldest offices in the White House. She responded to thousands of letters addressed to the President and the First Family, coordinated responses to the American public, managed the data entry process, and even assisted with the President and First Lady’s personal correspondence. “The experience as a whole, taught me more than I could ever put into words about the inner workings of the Executive Branch,” said Leavitt.

Interning in the Republican National Committee’s (RNC) communications department was Isabelle Daigle ’19, a politics major from Bangor, Maine. “I helped draft speeches for RNC Ronna Chairwoman McDaniel and members of Congress, as well as tweets and op-ed pieces relating to policy implementation,” Daigle shared. She also aided in studio production, interview preparation, daily news clip compilations, and data analysis.

Samuel Ennis ’19 of Bethel, Vt., and Madison Mangels ’19 of Amityville, N.Y., worked at American University in the National Student Leadership Conference Political Action and Public Policy Program. The two politics majors facilitated presidential election and Senate simulations for high school students, and guided them through several sites, museums, and meetings with elected officials. “I was very proud to see that so many young people are interested in the political process,” said Mangels. “I also had the opportunity to network with some lobbying and consulting firms in the D.C. area!”

Grace D’Antuono ’19 spent time in Nkomazi, South Africa working in a slightly different field. The international relations major from North Kingstown, R.I., has been an International Development Intern for Imagine Scholar, a rural education organization, since June of 2017. She’s been raising awareness and funds for the organization through various presentations and events across New England, and was finally able to travel to the headquarters this past July. While there, she worked directly in the classroom, running workshops and various educational activities. “Education is something I am very passionate about, especially when it comes to promoting accessibility to and quality of schooling,” D’Antuono remarked. She also helped students further their own community projects.

Emily Provencher ’20, a politics and communication double major from Leominster, Mass., worked as a Fellow with NextGen New Hampshire. Her fellowship began with a trip to Camp NextGen in Detroit, Mich., where she connected with college students from across the country. Provencher spent the rest of the summer door-knocking, phone-banking, text-banking, and hosting events on issues particularly important to New Hampshire’s young people.

Also more locally, politics major Brendan Flaherty ’21 of Nashua, N.H., worked on Steve Negron’s primary campaign and helped him secure the Second Congressional District Republican nomination. On the other side of the aisle, Janelle Fassi ’21, a communication and psychology major from Goffstown, N.H., interned with the New Hampshire Young Democrats.