Northern Michigan University 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. Another student will serve as a convention delegate. At the Democratic National Convention next week political science majors Anke Hildebrandt of Marquette and Lauren Mattioli of Big Rapids will intern with NBC News and Bloomberg News, respectively. Katie Cox, a media production and news technologies major from Kingsford, will work for TIME Magazine and Time.com. Students who will gain experience with the Democratic National Committee are Danielle Stein, a public administration major from Kalkaska, and Chelsea Smit, a political science and pre-law major from Marquette. Jason Morgan, a political science major from Bentley, is a delegate to the Democratic convention. The following political science majors will have internships at the Republican National Convention, which begins Sept. 1: Neil Passinault of Marquette, NBC News; Keith Voorheis of Clarkston, TIME Magazine and Time.com; and Darren Widder of Marquette, Bloomberg News. 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 at www.nmu.edu/politicalscience. “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, NMU political science professor.
August 20, 2008