Previous Trunzo Scholars

The most rewarding aspect of my Education Abroad experience in South Africa was impacting its nonprofit sector through my work at Inyathelo, the South African Institute of Advancement. Education Abroad changes the way you see the world.  I took a course on the history of South Africa prior to departing on my trip, so visiting the places I read about in textbooks, such as Nelson Mandela’s jail cell on Robben Island, was surreal. The summer I spent interning in South Africa only confirmed my desire to pursue a career in the legal field fighting for human rights.

Kassandra Satterly, History

 

I believe that my education abroad experience will greatly expand and increase my classroom learning.  I have gained a lot of confidence from the knowledge that the education I have received here at UK has prepared me well to compete with students from other universities.

William ‘Evan’ Nixon, Political Science

 

My time in Washington, D.C. was extremely meaningful to me because it gave me the opportunity to live my dreams. I always knew I wanted to work in D.C., but the only knowledge I had was through things I had learned in class, seen on the news, and read in books. Coming to D.C. and experiencing all the city had to offer brought those things I learned to life. The combination of classroom learning and experience really brought lessons I learned in the classroom full circle.

Londyn Marshall, Political Science

 

This internship solidified that I am on the right educational and career path. This summer, I worked long hours in the often high stress environment that is politics, but I enjoyed the experience so much that it did not matter. It made me realize the importance of setting high goals even when they seem to be nearly impossible to accomplish. The internship also taught me how to be more confident in myself and less intimidated by others. The US Capitol is full of important and intimidating people, from Senators to chiefs of staff to foreign dignitaries, but at the end of the day, they are all just people that you can have a conversation with on the elevator. The entire experience was something that I will remember for my entire life.

Hannah Bingham, Political Science and Economics

 

This internship has been an informative experience that has allowed me to see the inner workings of the legislative process and the strategy behind the very public actions taken on Capitol Hill. I have learned about political science in theory from a distance, but being at the epicenter of it all has allowed for an immersive, intensive learning experience.  The Trunzo Scholarship made it possible for me to be able to have the experience of a lifetime. I would not have had the opportunity to accept an internship in DC without the Trunzo Scholarship.

Patrick Mason, Political Science

 

Photo Name Major Semester Participated Location Office/Experience
  Katie Henning Anthropology and International Studies Summer 2017 Oaxaca, Mexico Studied the effects of neoliberalism, gained field expereince, and engaged with indigenous communities and local activist groups
Benjamin Troupe Philosophy Summer 2017 Berlin U.S. State Department Internship
Briana Katinic Political Science Summer 2017 Washington, DC The Fund for American Studies
Sierra Hatfield Political Science Summer 2017 Washington, DC The Fund for American Studies
  Tynesea Watts Political Science Fall 2018 Washington, DC Office of Congresswoman Shelia Jackson Lee
Savannah Gray Psychology Fall 2019   Spent a semester at sea studying human traffickin, western religion and social psychology while visiting Ghana and Myanmar
  Stacie Fugate Political Science Spring 2019 Frankfort, KY Kentucky Legislative Internship Program, Office of Senator Max Wise
  Ravi Brar Political Science Spring 2019 Frankfort, KY Kentucky Legislative Internship Program
Ryan Ritchey Political Science Spring 2019 Frankfort, KY Kentucky Legislative Internship Program, Office of Robert Stivers President of the Kentucky Senate
Megan Sparrow Political Science Spring 2019 Frankfort, KY Kentucky Legislative Internship Program, Office of Senator Alice Forgy Kerr
Maddie Davidson Political Science Spring 2019 Washington, DC Office of Congresswoman Gwen Moore
Jake Avetisian Political Science Spring 2019 Frankfort, KY Office of Senator Al Gentry 
  Eric Haley Political Science Spring 2019 Washington, DC WilDCats at the Capitol Program 
Bushra Bani-Salman Political Science Spring 2019 Washington, DC U.S. Department of State Foreign Services
Sara Holjan Political Science Spring 2019 Frankfort, KY Kentucky Legislative Internship Program, Office of Representative Ruth Ann Palumbo
Jaida Hampton Political Science Spring 2019 Washington, DC WilDCats at the Capitol Program, Office of Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee
Demarea Brandy Political Science and Psychology Spring 2019 Frankfort, KY Kentucky House of Representatives Deputy Chief of Staff Laura Leigh Goins
  Bear Brown Political Science Summer 2018 Washington, DC Research intern for the American Enterprise Institute 
  Kathryn Johnson Foreign Language and International Ecnonmics, Chinese Studies Summer 2018 Shanghai, China Study abroad
  Eric Poore Political Science Summer 2018 Exeter, United Kingdom Studied International Relations at the University of Exeter
  Hadeel Abdallah Political Science and Arabic and Islamic Studies Summer 2018 South Africa Conducted research on the ways in which South African activists view themselves in solidarity with Palestine at the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation
Jorden Jones Political Science Summer 2018 Middle East Arabic Intensive Study Program
  Simon Olagbaju Political Science Summer 2018 Washington, DC Equal Opportunity Commission
Kassandra Satterly History   Cape Town, South Africa Studied at the South African Institute of Advancement
  William Evan Nixon Political Science   London Studied at the London School of Economics
  Londyn Marshall Political Science    Washington, DC Lake Research Partners, a DC-based public opinion and political strategy research firm
  Hannah Bingham Political Science and Economics Summer Washington, DC Office of U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell
  Patrick Mason Political Science     Office of U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers

 

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