U of A Students Intern for Arkansas Senator

WASHINGTON, D.C. — University of Arkansas students traded in the Hill for Capitol Hill as interns for U.S. Senator John Boozman.

Courtney Brooks, Steve Edwards, Briana Forth, Kelsey Jensen, Cathleen Lowe, Reece Phillips, Seth Richards and Kinley Shotts interned in Boozman's Washington office. Madeline Bryant worked in the Fort Smith office and Sammie Tafoya interned in the Lowell office. The students and graduates completed a five-week congressional internship.

"I appreciate the enthusiasm, commitment and dedication of these interns for the hard work they've done this summer alongside my staff and me to address issues that affect Arkansas. This internship has provided them with excellent opportunities to gain insight into the legislative process, constituent services and how my office serves the people of our state. I applaud their service to Arkansas," Boozman said.

The interns included:

  • Courtney Brooks of Bentonville, a senior majoring in international relations, political science and Middle Eastern studies, specializing in terrorism and international security.
  • Madeline Bryant of Fort Smith, a junior majoring in political science with a minor in journalism.
  • Steve Edwards of Marianna, a senior majoring in marketing with a minor in communications.
  • Brianna Forth of Flower Mound, Texas, a senior majoring in international relations and Spanish.
  • Kelsey Jensen of Flippin, a 2016 graduate of the University of Arkansas with a degree in political science.
  • Cathleen Lowe of Fayetteville, a senior majoring in accounting with a minor in history.
  • Reece Phillips of Jonesboro, a senior majoring in finance with a minor in behavioral economics.
  • Seth Richards of Rogers, a junior majoring in political science with a minor in legal studies and a certificate in military science.
  • Kinley Shotts of Little Rock, a senior majoring in journalism concentrating in advertising and public relations, with a minor in communication.
  • Sammie Tafoya of Siloam Springs, a sophomore majoring in journalism, political science and African and African American studies.

Washington interns worked with congressional staff on various state and federal projects, attended lectures from a variety of speakers, gave tours of the U.S Capitol building and shadowed Boozman during meetings and hearings.

Interns who worked in state offices were responsible for handling local constituent correspondence, researching casework issues and representing the senator at community events alongside field representatives.

Learn more about internship opportunities in Boozman's office.


Charlie Alison, executive editor
University Relations
479-575-6731, calison@uark.edu


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