Webster Student Receives Congressional Internship

Apr. 26, 2016

Webster Student Receives Congressional Internship
Nathan Hinds

(ST. LOUIS) - Nathan Hinds will begin his senior year at Webster University in the fall. Throughout his education as a Theatre Studies/Dramaturgy major, he has spent quite a bit of time in the world of theatre, working as an actor for St. Louis Shakespeare, an apprentice at STAGES St. Louis and a marketing intern for The Muny. This summer he’s taking his talents to the political stage with a congressional internship in Washington, D.C.

“I knew that I wanted to do something outside of the theatre industry this summer,” said Hinds. “I have been involved theatre extensively for the past six years, and I am a point where I want to explore other interests. I love the Washington D.C. area, and I hope to eventually live there, so I knew I wanted to spend my summer there. This summer seemed like the perfect time to work in a political internship, considering the current political climate.”

Hinds has friends who have worked on Capitol Hill as interns and went to them for advice.

“I applied to seven or eight members of Congress and I selected who I applied to based primarily on committee assignments that interest me,” he said. “Luckily, the member I will be working for was my first choice. Back in January, I sent in my resume on a Friday, and scheduled a phone interview for the following Friday with one of the Member’s staff. I received the offer for the position on the following Tuesday.”

Hinds will be working for a specific member of Congress but prefers to keep the name and details private and he will be staying at a university in DC. He is excited about the opportunity to gain more experience in his interests outside of theatre.

“I am particularly interested in foreign policy, so I am hoping to be able to research legislation based on American international relations,” he said. “In general, I hope to gain insight into the legislative process by being a part of it every day. I also am looking forward to giving Capitol Hill tours, and learning about the architecture and history of the building.”

While he’s unsure of what his plans will be after graduation in 2017, he hopes this opens more doors for his future.

“I am currently undecided as to what I want to do after graduation, but I intend on taking a year or two off before graduate school to travel,” said Hinds. “I have a number of interests that I am considering to pursuing, from international relations to aviation management, and I am hoping that this summer will give me some direction for the future.”

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