Local students complete summer internships in Congressman

2013-08-22T12:51:00Z 2013-08-22T13:04:21Z Local students complete summer internships in CongressmanEvan Williamson | Office of Congressman Pete Visclosky nwitimes.com

Sofia Grimsgard of Valpariso completes Visclosky internship

Valparaiso resident Sofia Grimsgard completed a summer internship at U.S. Congressman Peter J. Visclosky's Merrillville district office. Sofia is entering her junior year at Valparaiso High School.

Grimsgard is an active member of the Valparaiso High School Student Council, French and Spanish Clubs, as well as the Speech and Debate Team. She plans on pursuing a degree in political science and/or communications in college.

“Congressman Visclosky defines the term hardworking, so interning for him during this summer has been an absolute pleasure,” said Grimsgard. “Also, working with the casework staff to serve the constituents of the First Congressional District has been an amazing experience.”

“I appreciate Sofia’s commitment to public service through her participation in my office’s internship program,” said Congressman Visclosky. “Sofia proved to be a valuable asset in our day to day operation and I’m thankful that at her young age she had the willingness to serve in this capacity. I wish her continued success in all of her future endeavors and I am confident that she will be successful in her academic and professional pursuits.”

Congressman Visclosky offers internships in his district and Washington, D.C. offices throughout the year. Intern applicants must be enrolled in high school or college, be eligible to receive school or service organization credit, and are encouraged to have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Visit http://visclosky.house.gov/serving-you/internships.

Cassidy Schwartz of Munster completes Visclosky internship

Munster resident Cassidy Schwartz completed a summer internship at U.S. Congressman Peter J. Visclosky's Merrillville district office. Cassidy is entering her senior year at Munster High School.

Schwartz is co-president of the Munster branch of Child Rights and You (CRY) nonprofit organization. She is also an active member of the National Honor Society and Speech and Debate Team at Munster High. She plans on pursuing a degree in cognitive neuroscience with a minor in Spanish when she attends college next year.

“Through my participation in an AP Government class and the We the People Team, I developed a profound interest in politics and the mechanisms of government. Working for Congressman Visclosky in his district office gave me an insider’s perspective on the ways in which politicians serve the people. My duties in the office put my writing, interpersonal, and research skills to the test.” said Schwartz.

“I appreciate Cassidy’s willingness to take on the responsibility of serving as an intern in my Congressional office.” Congressman Visclosky said. “Throughout her internship, Cassidy’s attitude and high standards proved to be assets to my office. As someone who has dedicated their life to public service, I know these attributes will serve her well in the future.”

Congressman Visclosky offers internships in his district and Washington, D.C. offices throughout the year. Intern applicants must be enrolled in high school or college, be eligible to receive school or service organization credit, and are encouraged to have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Visit http://visclosky.house.gov/serving-you/internships.

Ashley Mason of Lowell completes Visclosky internship

Lowell resident Ashley Mason completed a summer internship at U.S. Congressman Peter J. Visclosky's Merrillville district office. Ashley is entering her senior year at Purdue University Calumet.

Mason majors in journalism with a minor in political science. She is a graduate of Lowell Senior High School, class of 2010. She intends to seek a graduate degree in political science following graduation at Purdue University Calumet.

“I appreciate Ashley’s work in my Merrillville office this summer,” Congressman Visclosky said. “Her dedication to public service is commendable and I hope that her experience in our office will serve her well in graduate school.”

Congressman Visclosky offers internships in his district and Washington, D.C. offices throughout the year. Intern applicants must be enrolled in high school or college, be eligible to receive school or service organization credit, and are encouraged to have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Visit http://visclosky.house.gov/serving-you/internships.

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