Belmont Abbey College & Congressman Patrick McHenry Announce Capitol & Carolina Internship
Program for Abbey students includes internships in both Washington D.C. & Gastonia, N.C.
BELMONT, N.C. (March 28, 2015) – Today, Belmont Abbey College and alum Congressman Patrick McHenry announced the creation of the Capitol & Carolina Internship with Belmont Abbey College. This new internship program aims to provide Belmont Abbey students with the opportunity to intern in both McHenry’s Washington, DC and Gastonia offices. The internship program will begin this summer.
Congressman McHenry will join with Belmont Abbey President Dr. William K. Thierfelder to formally launch the internship this Wednesday, March 30th at 9 AM. The event will be open to the media and will take place at the Alumni House on Belmont Abbey’s campus located at 100 Belmont Mt. Holly Road in Belmont.
“Having spent time as a Congressional intern, I know first-hand how the experience can shape one’s interest in public policy and service to our nation. The opportunity to extend this same experience to current and future students at my alma mater is a truly great honor. I’d like to thank Dr. Thierfelder, Dr. Williams, and everyone at the Abbey for making it possible.”
“There’s always a key local/national dynamic in Congress as representatives attend to both the needs of their district and the issues facing the country. By combining service in DC and here in the district, this program lets our Abbey students experience that dynamic first-hand in a truly unique way,” said Dr. David Williams, Belmont Abbey College Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty. “They’ll have both the academic knowledge and the lived experience of public service to learn from. We’re very grateful to Congressman McHenry for the opportunity.”
Congressman McHenry and Belmont Abbey College will award the Capitol & Carolina internship to one person each year. The selected student will spend approximately 13 weeks in Washington D.C from the end of May until early August. The congressman’s office will provide a stipend to help defray the cost of living in Washington D.C. for the duration, and Belmont Abbey will waive tuition charges for the internship. The selected student will then intern in McHenry’s Gastonia office for the fall term. Interested students will complete an application and essay which a panel made up of Belmont Abbey staff, and a representative from the Congressman’s office will review. The Capitol & Carolina internship is exclusive to Belmont Abbey College.
We were pleased to welcome Congressman McHenry back to his Alma Mater to formally announce the Capitol & Carolina internship. Here are some photos from the event.