David Rodgers, a senior Criminal Justice major, came to Southern Utah University because of the personalized education it offers students. This semester he has the opportunity to fulfill that promise by serving as a legislative intern at the Utah State Capitol.
David dreams of working as a city planner after graduation which makes this internship even more meaningful. He plans to use the lessons that he learns as an intern to better serve his community in the future. To help facilitate his learning, David is focusing on understanding the legislative process and managing his time the best he can.
David’s journey is unique because he is assigned to assist two representatives as opposed to most interns who serve one. He spends his time switching between Representative Rex P. Shipp of district 72 from Cedar City and Representative Travis M. Seegmiller of district 62 from Washington. They are both serving in their first terms to the legislature and depend greatly on David’s attention to detail.
“Working with two representatives can be challenging, but it has been the best experience," said David. "It has allowed me to learn and grow more than I thought I would have.”
One of David’s most memorable experiences of the legislative session was enjoying a lunch with Representative Shipp and SUU President Wyatt. During their time together, they discussed their love for the university and how their ultimate goal is to provide the very best education for SUU’s students. This conversation not only reinforced his admiration for the leaders of our community but his overall decision to come to SUU in the first place.
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Hi! I’m Alexandra, a senior strategic communication student, writing to you from the Utah State Capitol. This semester, I am the Government Relations intern for Southern Utah University and I’m excited to share my journey with you as I learn the ins and outs of being a young professional.
For more information on these internships, especially if you are interested in serving one, visit the Leavitt Center's internship page.