Mount Union College Senior Interns in Washington D.C. During Election Season

April 22, 2010

This fall semester, not only did Brunswick native and Mount Union College Senior, Christopher Zath, earn the opportunity to intern on Capitol Hill, but he was also able to experience the 2006 elections from the center of it all.

Since September 5, Zath has been interning for Congressman Paul Gillmor. Gillmor was just re-elected to his 10th term as representative of the Fifth Congressional District, which encompasses 16 counties and stretches 150 miles from the Indiana border to just west of Cleveland.

'Election Day here was unlike anything I've ever experienced. From the times the polls opened until the early morning on Wednesday, the elections dominated everyone's day,' Zath said. 'There was a certain charge in the atmosphere here; tension, anticipation, excitement. The whole city was focused on this one event.'

When asked about his overall time in Washington D.C., Zath responded, 'So far I have just been awestruck by it all. Not only am I gaining an incredible learning experience, but I am doing it in one of the world's greatest cities.'

While interning in Gillmor's office, Zath assists the Congressman by interacting with constituents, leading tours of the Capitol Building and attending Congressional hearings.

'Working as a Congressional intern can be one of the most rewarding experiences of a person's college career,' Gillmor said. 'Chris has been a great addition to my office these past few months and has served the people of the Fifth District well. Most importantly, he would have made the people of Medina County proud.'

At Mount Union College, Zath is majoring in political science and has completed a minor in German. A member of the Dean's List and the track and field team, he hopes to direct his career in the area of public relations. Zath was encouraged to seek the internship by his advisor and political science professor, Dr. William Cunion.

The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars (TWC) coordinated Zath's internship. TWC is an independent, nonprofit educational organization founded in 1975. Its mission is to prepare college and university students for civic leadership through experiential education. The Washington Center seeks to promote future leadership for the public, private and nonprofit sectors of society. It has served more than 33,000 students from over 1,000 colleges and universities. For more information: www.twc.edu.

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