Convention Participants Have NMU Ties

Northern will be well-represented at the upcoming Democratic and Republican National Conventions. Several students have secured internships – six with major news outlets covering the events and two with the Democratic National Committee. Four others with NMU ties will serve as convention delegates.

The Political Science and Communication and Performance Studies (CAPS) departments will use videoconferencing technology to extend the educational value of the internships to students enrolled in a joint “politics and the press” course. Interns will deliver live reports from Denver and Minneapolis, interacting with their peers on campus. They will also document their experiences on text blogs. Links to the blogs and video streams (live on Aug. 27 and Sept. 3 and available on demand afterward) will be posted on the Political Science home page.

“These internships represent an unbelievable opportunity for some of our best students to witness historic conventions and to network with some of the biggest names in the fields of politics and the media,” said Steven Nelson (Political Science), who teaches politics and the press with Charles Ganzert (CAPS). “We are really excited about this new program, which would not exist without the hard work of [Board of Trustees Chair] Mary Lukens, [NMU alumnus] Tom Baldini and David Haynes (Political Science).”


At the Democratic National Convention next week, two political science majors – Anke Hildebrandt and Lauren Mattioli—will intern with NBC News and Bloomberg News, respectively. Katie Cox, a media production and news technologies major, will work for TIME Magazine and Students who will gain experience with the Democratic National Committee are Danielle Stein, a public administration major, and Chelsea Smit, a political science and pre-law major.

"This is one of those lifetime experiences that is very rare," Haynes added. "It will give students a real-world education experience and increase networking opportunities for their future careers. They will also be trailblazers, opening up future internship opportunities with these organizations for other NMU students."

The following political science majors will have internships at the Republican National Convention: Neil Passinault, NBC News; Keith Voorheis, TIME Magazine and; and Darren Widder, Bloomberg News.

Delegates to the Democratic National Convention with NMU ties are: Sue Tollefson (USOEC), political science major Jason Morgan, May graduate Miles Baker and Baldini (’65).


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