Students attend national conventions

Scott McLean
Scott McLean
Aug. 17, 2012 - Twenty-six Quinnipiac University students are taking part in Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars programs that will culminate in their attending their political party's national convention.

A group of 14 students will travel to Tampa, Fla. from Aug. 18-31 to attend the center's program on the Republican National Convention. Another 12 will head to Charlotte, N.C. from Aug. 25-Sept. 7 to take part in a program on the Democratic National Convention. Scott McLean, a professor of political science, is serving as Quinnipiac's faculty liaison.

"Quinnipiac is committed to supporting transformational experiences for our  students, and this is a real opportunity to introduce students  to the possibilities of spending their lives in journalism or public service," said McLean. "They will be learning the history and process of presidential campaigns, but also they will be behind the scenes at the Convention, and part of making history. It is  a thrilling introduction to national issues."

Students participating in the Republican seminar will spend the first week of the program at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Fla., while students attending the Democratic seminar will attend programs at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte during the first week of their experience. Students at both schools will learn about the history of political campaigns, convention planning and procedures and the role of the media. The second half of the program will be spent at their respective conventions, where students will participate in field work assignments and attend convention receptions and rallies.

"The national convention, an integral part of the U.S. political process, is a piece of preserved history," said Mike Smith, president of The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars. "The academic seminars teach students about the process, but not from the sidelines. Students learn from within, in the thick of it. We're grateful to have the support of Quinnipiac University and applaud them for making this opportunity a reality for their students."

At the conventions, some students will be assigned to work with the convention's communication team and assist with the production of live news coverage by the major networks, help print journalists and support the logistics at other delegation events and receptions.

The students attending the Republican National Convention are: Christina Barna, Kyle Boucher, Peter Corkery, Patrick Donnelly, Morgan Farra, Tony Frocarro, Michelle Gearrity, Katherine Kolbe, Amy Maciejowski, Daniela Cristina Mendes, Joseph Norvish, Connor Powers, Jordan Siegler and Jeffrey Timberlake.

The students attending the Democratic National Convention are: Fresnelson Charlestin, Rachel Cogut, Shane Doyle, Alexandra Gruber, Ashley Hartle, Emmanuel Laboy, Katelynn Lucyk, Taylor Maselli, Jacob Nadeau, Theo Siggelakis, Rachelly Then and Kit Wilcox.

The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars is an independent, nonprofit organization that serves hundreds of colleges and universities in the United States and other countries by providing selected students challenging opportunities to work and learn in Washington, D.C., for academic credit. The largest program of its kind, The Washington Center has more than 50,000 alumni who have become leaders in numerous professions and nations around the world. It was established in 1975.