Summer 2012 DC Intern Profiles: Part 4

DC Intern Spotlight: Elizabeth Luh
Program: Institute on Economics and International Affairs
Internship: Asia Society
University: University of Oregon
Major: Economics
Hometown: Eugene, Oregon

Elizabeth is a rising junior at the University of Oregon where she plans to double major in political science and economics. She also speaks French and Chinese!

This summer she is interning with Asia Society, an educational organization dedicated to promoting mutual understanding and strengthening partnerships among the people, leaders and institutions of Asia and the United States in a global context. So far, Elizabeth has been researching how to internationalize American education to better prepare students for a globalized world. This research includes gathering information from past hearings and legislation.

She said “This kind of research is new to me, but I have learned a lot from my work as an intern. Currently, I am helping prepare for a briefing with Ambassador Rao from India, hosted by Asia Society.”

From a town of 60,000 people to the bustling city of D.C., Elizabeth says she has learned a lot about herself and her future career choices. She said “I have never lived in a city with as many opportunities as DC, and I am forever grateful for this experience.”

DC Intern Spotlight: Andrew Phillips
Program: Institute on Political Journalism
Internship: Gannett Government Media
University: Simpson University
Major: Communications and Journalism
Hometown: Invermere, British Columbia

Originally from Canada, Andrew joined the U.S. Army at 19 as an airborne combat medic. Stationed at Fort Bragg, NC with the 82nd airborne, Andrew was deployed to Iraq for nearly a year. He also served in Haiti after the earthquake and with the first wave of military support in post-Katrina New Orleans.

While in the Army, Andrew read Hunter S. Thompson’s book Better than Sex: Confessions of a Political Junkie and was intrigued by the world of political reporting. Since then, Andrew has written for Simpson University’s publication, The Slate. He has also interned for the Sacramento News and Review.

This summer, he is able to combine his passion for political journalism and military news through his internship at Gannett Government Media. Andrew has been published twice so far.

This summer Andrew was the only reporter from Gannett Government Media to cover the AT&T National PGA Tour Tournament where he sat in on a press conference with Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus. Click here to read his article covering the event. Andrew also had the opportunity to interview two Silver Star recipients. The Silver Star is the third-highest combat military decoration that can be awarded to a member of any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces for valor in the face of the enemy.

In the future, Andrew is considering continuing his career in political journalism, but is also considering pursuing law school or a graduate degree in political communication.

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