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Mount Union's Luke Messner Interns in the Nation?s Capitol

September 18, 2007

Luke Messner, a junior philosophy and political science major of Dalton spent his summer in Washington, D.C. interning in the House of Representatives and working for Representative Scott Garret of the 5th District of New Jersey.

Taking the advice of his older brothers, who also live in Washington, D.C., Messner applied for the internship in early January. He was formally offered the position in March and was on his way to the capitol by early May.

Not only was Messner able to sit in on different lectures and briefings, he also was able to listen to Congressional debates. He gave tours of the United States Capitol as well, which enhanced his historic knowledge. A typical week consisted of 40 hours, but there were times that Messner was able to stay after hours to gain even more experience.

'I had to do the normal internship jobs, such as answering the phone, sorting mail and research, but I also had the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of great experiences outside the office,' said Messner. For example, he was able to attend weekly lectures that were held each week at the Heritage Foundation, who sponsored events such as book reviews and political speakers. Highlighted speakers included Newt Gingrich and John Boehner.

'Many doors have been opened for me through this internship,' said Messner. 'Interning in the United States Congress is an experience that not too many people are able to have, and I feel that it has already given me an advantage in life.' Besides making a great number of contacts in his field, Messner gained invaluable practical experience.

'You must be ambitious to live in Washington,' said Messner, 'because everyone wants to succeed there.'

But it is possible to succeed; Messner is living proof. He urges everyone to partake in some form of internship, whether they're political science majors or not.

'Have a world vision; don't be afraid to try new things; go out there and get it,' advises Messner.

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