Public Liaison Intern, Ohio Governor’s Office in Columbus, Ohio
When the Ohio Speaker of the House entered a meeting room in the Ohio Governor’s Office asking, “Who here goes to Waynesburg University?” Colin Philips proudly raised his hand.
“My favorite experience was meeting with State Representative Batchelder, whose son also attends Waynesburg,” Philips said. “I had time to talk with him about Waynesburg University in front of the other interns.”
When he wasn’t meeting with prominent legislators and leaders, Philips helped with constituent affairs in the office. He handled data entry and organization of many large petitions and responded to constituent mail, all while gaining experience in a political office during a campaign year.
Luckily, Philips is well-versed in Ohio politics as a result of last summer’s internship with Rep. Pat Tiberi from Ohio, as well as his many meetings, tours and classes as a Stover Scholar at Waynesburg.
“My studies at Waynesburg, and especially the Stover Center, have provided me with knowledge of how one really makes an impact on those around them in a short period of time,” he said. “My studies allowed me to be knowledgeable with the things I worked on, while experiences with politicians through the Stover Center allowed me to see how to be most effective while in a political office.”
The Stover Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership is an interdisciplinary scholarly center dedicated to bringing insights from the U.S. Constitution’s Founding Era and from Christianity to bear in the contemporary public square. Stover Scholars have outstanding opportunities to broaden their horizons and to deepen their understanding – from meetings with politicians such as U.S. Senator Bob Casey and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia to internships on Capitol Hill.