The Kevin B. Harrington Student Ambassador Program Welcomes New Ambassadors

June 10, 2020

By Katherine Buck '20

The Kevin B. Harrington Student Ambassador Program welcomes thirty-two new ambassadors to the program. 

The Kevin B. Harrington Student Ambassador Program provides a unique opportunity for Saint Anselm College students of any major to be involved in supporting the Institute's various events and activities.

Ambassadors assist in event promotion, welcome guests and VIPs, and serve as greeters and ushers. In addition, the non-partisan student ambassadors often moderate question and answer periods, facilitate book signings, and lead other post-event activities.

Politics major Erin White ‘22 from Kingston, Massachusetts says, “I am most excited about the incredible opportunities that being an NHIOP ambassador will give me. After only being an ambassador for one semester I was able to work for CNN and meet so many important influencers such as authors and journalists. I look forward to continuing on as an ambassador and gaining more experience and knowledge before I enter the professional world in a career in politics.”

During election cycles, ambassadors have been able to serve as stand-ins on local and national debate sets and assist media outlets in covering the first-in-the-nation primary.

Politics major Natalie O’Konis ‘22 from Broad Brook, Connecticut says, “Being a NHIOP Ambassador is such a unique position as working events. As a new ambassador I am looking forward to building upon my own personal beliefs by meeting individuals and becoming exposed to an array of intellectual people in different careers.”

Politics major James Beaudry ‘22  from Westminster, Massachusetts says, “What I am looking forward to the most in the ambassador program are the amazing opportunities that are available to ambassadors. The sheer amount of politicians, journalists, and speakers that visit the Institute of Politics is wonderful; and being able to meet and speak with them personally is an incredible opportunity.” 

As speakers and candidates visit the Institute, student ambassadors often get special opportunities to meet guests behind the scenes.

Students are exposed to politicians and public figures alike but the Kevin B. Harrington Student Ambassador Program allows for students to collaborate with their peers outside of the classroom. 

Politics major Maeve McAllister ‘23 from Melrose, Massachusetts says, “I feel like following this amazing and untouchable experience I am most excited for meeting other politicians and creating stronger bonds with my fellow ambassadors. I have created great friendships with so many of my fellow ambassadors so far, but I feel that there are so many others I want to get closer with.”

Executive Director of the NHIOP Neil Levesque says, “If there is one thing we have learned from the pandemic, it is just how important our face to face learning is.  We look forward to greeting and getting to know our new student Ambassadors when we are all back together this Fall.”