ACE Internship Profiles


Gaining internship experience is an excellent way for students to try out the skills they have learned and network with professionals. ACE students interested in policy and leadership have traveled the country to participate in internships that help further their knowledge of the policy process for Federal and State government.

To ensure students interested in policy-related internships have the opportunity to pursue these experiences, the college of ACES offers the Policy and Leadership Intern Scholarship to help with internship-related expenses. Scholarship applications are due May 1 for summer internships, July 1 for fall internships, and December 1 for spring internships.

Grace Mladenik
  • Grace Mladenik
  • Graduation Year: 2018
  • Location: Scenic America, Washington, D.C.
  • Concentration: Public Policy and Law
  • I interned at Scenic America, the only national non-profit dedicated to preserving the visual character of America's communities and countryside mainly through national advocacy and supporting state affiliates. While at Scenic...

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Sam Rogers
  • Sam Rogers
  • Graduation Year: 2019
  • Location: Congressman Rodney Davis of Illinois’ 13th District, Washington, D.C.
  • Concentration: Public Policy and Law
  • I was a Congressional intern in the House of Representatives in the Office of Congressman Rodney Davis (IL-13) during Spring, 2017 and also participated in Illinois in Washington and earned 12 hours of academic credit.  While on the...

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Josh Millard
  • Josh Millard
  • Graduation Year: 2017
  • Location: Congressman Mike Bost of Illinois' 12th District, Washington, D.C.
  • Concentration: Agribusiness Markets & Management
  • I was a summer intern at the House of Representatives with Congressman Mike Bost in 2016.  Then in the summer of 2017 I was an intern at the House of Representatives with Congressman Darin LaHood.  In additional to constituent service and tours...

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Kyle Sinn
  • Kyle Sinn
  • Graduation Year: 2018
  • Location: Western Skies Strategies, Washington, D.C.
  • Concentration: Agribusiness Markets & Management
  • I spent my summer in D.C. working for Western Skies Strategies, an agricultural lobbying firm. We handled lobbying for different agriculture non-profit organizations.

    MOST VALUABLE: We were able to make an impact for different...

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Adam Kurczewski
  • Adam Kurczewski
  • Graduation Year: 2017
  • Location: National Association of Conservation Districts, Washington, D.C.
  • Concentration: Public Policy and Law
  • During my time in Washington D.C. I worked as a government relations intern with the National Association of Conservation Districts, a members-supported non-governmental organization (NGO) concerned with advocating for localized conservation...

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Madison Scanlan
  • Madison Scanlan
  • Graduation Year: 2016
  • Location: The Kyle House Group, Washington, D.C.
  • Concentration: Public Policy and Law
  • The summer after my freshman year at U of I, I interned in Washington, D. C. at a consulting firm called Kyle House Group and worked on global healthcare policy.  I also simultaneously participated in Illinois in Washington...

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Abrielle Joseph
  • Abrielle Joseph
  • Graduation Year: 2019
  • Location: Congresswoman Cheri Bustos of Illinois' 17th District, Washington, D.C.
  • Concentration: Public Policy and Law
  • In DC I was a Legislative Intern at the House of Representatives in the Office of Cheri Bustos.  I was able to participate in Illinois in Washington and earned 6 hours of academic credit at the same time. As a Legislative Intern, I was...

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Rachel Hawk
  • Rachel Hawk
  • Graduation Year: 2018
  • Location: American Farmland Trust, Washington, D.C.
  • Concentration: Policy, International Trade, & Development
  • While in Washington, D.C., I interned with American Farmland Trust as a Development Intern. American Farmland Trust is an organization that protects farmland and ranch land in the United States, promotes environmentally sound farming...

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Taylor Dugas
  • Taylor Dugas
  • Graduation Year: 2018
  • Location: The White House, Washington, D.C.
  • Concentration: Public Policy and Law
  • I read and disseminated the President's mail and email. Utilizing my agriculture degree, I specialized in environmental and energy correspondence. Many of the letters my department read made the President's daily briefing and often resulted in...

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