On the Campaign Trail 

 
Emily Herzog (right) and co-workers attend a McCain speech in Kansas City

Grass-Roots Networking

Parades & Speeches

Value-Added Experiences 

 

Senior Emily Herzog (right) hit the campaign trail this summer while interning with a Westminster alumnus.

Taking Advantage of Opportunities
Westminster has blessed me with lots of wonderful opportunities.  I interned in the State Capitol not far from Westminster for the Lt. Governor’s Office my sophomore year.  I studied in Washington, DC for a semester through the Washington Semester Program, and interned for U.S. Congresswoman JoAnn Emerson.  I also studied abroad in England.

However, most recently, I interned for a political campaign.  My internship had unique Westminster ties.  Mike Gibbons, an’81 alum and now the father of a current Westminster student, is running for Missouri Attorney General.  Senator Gibbons, like the other alums I have been around, takes pride in his Westminster education and jumped on the opportunity to help a student experience politics at a whole new level.  I began interning for the Missourians for Gibbons campaign in June. 

The Ins & Outs of Campaigning
Through the course of the summer, I was exposed to all of the different aspects of a campaign.  Sometimes the tasks of an intern are simple like answering the phone or stuffing envelopes.  I learned that the simple tasks matter as well.  

Gibbons campaign workers at the State FairWhat is neat about an internship is that you get the opportunity to try a little of everything.  I was able to help write letters, attend events, fundraisers, and lots of parades on the behalf of the campaign.  I also made contacts throughout the state - meeting lots of interesting people and working on grass roots efforts, signs and scheduling for the Gibbons campaign.  At the State Fair and other events, I got to watch Mike speak to people about their cares and concerns.  I learned how important individuals and constituents are to a campaign and candidate. 

Campaign workers in the Kinder/Gibbons office

The Value of a Westminster Education
It has been an honor and inspiration to be a part of a campaign for such a successful Westminster alum.  I have learned a great deal about team work from my co-workers and our campaign manager and being an honest leader from Mike.  Mike is a wonderful representation of a successful alum and an all around great guy we can be proud of.  Interning has taught me skills that I will carry with me to lead to a successful career when I graduate.  All of the activities I have been involved with at Westminster from Student Ambassadors to interning have prepared me for a bright future to follow in the path of my Westminster family!