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USF in D.C. Interns Bring Interest Born of Life Experiences to Capitol Hill

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

WASHINGTON – A new semester brings a new class of interns for the USF in D.C. program, an intensive internship experience in the nation's capital that emphasizes the research skills needed to craft successful public policy.

Students selected for the program are supported through a $5,000 scholarship (earmarked to cover the cost of housing) from the USF Office of Research & Innovation. While some internships allow students to see the inner workings of Congressional offices, this program allows students to take a deep dive into complicated questions and help shape how elected leaders responds to the issues of the day.

The internship is administered through the Public Policy Internships Office in USF’s School of Public Affairs, and the deadline for the Spring 2020 class of interns is Oct. 1, 2019 (a link to more information and to apply can be found below).

Meet the Fall 2019 interns:

Rachel Collins
Rachel Collins

Rachel Collins is a third-year USF International Affairs student with an interest in pursuing a career in law. She currently serves as the vice president for the USF chapter of the National Organization for Women-Campus Action Network and has had internships and held volunteer positions for state and local campaigns and political offices. Rachel has also studied abroad in Paris, where she focused on European and national law with a focus on human rights. Her research interests are in civil rights and liberties, foreign affairs and national security, and the environment. She is currently interning with U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist.

Nicholas Eadler
Nicholas Eadler

Nicholas Eadler is currently a USF senior majoring in Philosophy. A native of Indianapolis, he helped run his family’s business before joining the U.S. Marine Corps where he served as a radio technician. He is the recipient of the Marine Corps Warrior’s Award in recognition of his ability to motivate his peers and boost morale. He was further recognized with as a leader through creating cost-saving measures that saved the Marine Corps more than $1 million over a six-month period. After leaving the military, he enrolled at USF where his research interests are in immigration, foreign affairs, and alternative and renewable energy sources. He is currently interning with U.S. Rep. Gus M. Bilirakis.

Sebastian Leon
Sebastian Leon

Sebastian Leon is a third-year law-track USF History and Political Science student who is fluent in both English and Spanish. As an immigrant to the United States at the age of eight and an alum of Marjory Stoneman Douglas where 17 people died in a 2018 mass shooting, current events have shaped his academic and professional ambitions. He has previously participated in USF’s Legislative Internship Program and interned in the Tampa office of then-U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, as well as at legal and consulting firms with government affairs practices. His research interests are in environmental policy, election security and campaign policy, and LGBT and women’s health issues. He is currently interning with U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor.

Lucile Malone
Lucile Malone

Lucile Malone is a USF senior majoring in Political Science. Lucile’s interest in politics began with her first-hand experience of the 2011 Egyptian revolution as a 12-year-old. After moving back to the United States with her family, Lucile began to volunteer with local campaigns as well as non-profits in the Tampa Bay Region. She has participated in USF's Legislative Internship Program, and aspires to serve the public through a career with the U.S. Department of State as a Foreign Service Officer. She is fluent in both Arabic and English. Her research interests are in foreign policy, immigration law, and the criminal justice system. She is currently interning with U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy.


Learn more about the USF in D.C. program at the USF School of Public Affairs Public Policy Internships page.