To the untrained eye, Jack Bryan and Natalie Eldredge seem right at home as political staffers as they climb the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. But the two Georgia College students are just beginning their internship experience in the nation’s capital.
“I applied to the GC in DC program after reading about it in on of the Front Page articles. It captured my attention because it just seemed like such a great opportunity to be able to work alongside such influential people regarding issues that I am passionate about, and to be able to do so in a city as great as Washington D.C.,” said Eldredge, sophomore political science and French and marketing double minor.
Bryan and Eldredge are cutting their teeth in Washington, D.C. through the GC in DC program this fall. The program places students in a variety of internships including in the House of Representatives, Senate, White House and the Council of Foreign Relations.
“After just two weeks in the office, I had already learned so much,” said junior political science major Bryan, who is interning for Congressman Sanford D. Bishop Jr.’s office. “Over the past few years, I have been involved in local politics and campaigns in both Coweta County and Baldwin County, where I developed a passion for being involved and engaged. I love learning about our government and immersing myself in politics so that I can understand how our government functions and help it run more smoothly in the future.”
Getting accustom to D.C. has also been part of Bryan’s intern experience.
“D.C. life is far better than I ever could have imagined,” said Bryan. “The other interns that I live with in Washington Intern Student Housing are very cool and intelligent, and I have already made so many close friends through this experience.”
Eldredge is spending her fall semester interning in Congressman David Scott’s office. Her internship has consisted of completing administrative duties such as answering phones, sorting mail and running errands, but she’s also getting hands-on experience by writing memos, attending briefings and sitting in on House sessions.
“So far, I have been having one of the best experiences of my life. Living in D.C. is always exciting, as you never know what event is going to be going on, or who you may run into on the Hill,” said Eldredge. “The biggest obstacle for me so far is to make sure that I can remember all protocol. There are a lot of rules that go along with working in government, and I can only try to learn them all as quickly as possible.”
Both Eldredge and Bryan see themselves working in the political sphere after graduating from Georgia College.
“I would like to pursue political science in the future, as I have been extremely intrigued by the work that goes on here,” said Eldredge. “Overall I hope to be able to do something that advocates for the rights and needs of others, and I think political work does just that.”
For more information on the GC in DC program, visit www.gcsu.edu/gcdc.