Four Lamar University Reaud Honors College students took part in an academic program from the Washington Center that saw them attend and complete internship placements at the Republican and Democratic National Conventions.
“No matter how many
times I was told attending the convention would be an experience like no other,
I didn’t understand until I actually attended,” Madison Marino, a junior
economics major who attended the DNC, said. "Attending and working at the convention
gave me a newfound respect and interest for the politicians who give up their
lives for public service. I feel fortunate to live in such a great country as
the United States.”
Marino was joined at
the DNC by junior political science major Tara Hoch while junior accounting and
finance major Victoria LaFleur and junior business management major Ryan Sherer
attended the RNC. The students spent a week before the conventions in an
academic program of seminars and lectures, then worked during the conventions
with CNN, Fox News, Voice of America and the Texas delegation.
“The effort it takes
to make sure the delegates are happy is incredible, and the Texas delegation
staff did a great job of making sure everything went smoothly,” Sherer,
who worked with the organization, said. “As for the convention itself, the rules
votes may have been the most interesting part I witnessed because none of that
process is shown on television typically…I was in the room for the aftermath of
Sen.Ted Cruz's controversial speech. He came to breakfast and had to face
the Texas delegation, who were not particularly happy with him.”
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