Connor Lucker ’14 is spending this summer prior to the November Presidential Election as an intern at Connecticut Republicans. The state headquarters for all Connecticut Republican town committees, the Connecticut Republicans group functions as a state division of the Republican National Party and oversees all Republican events in Connecticut.
“Working at Connecticut Republicans, I constantly draw on various aspects of my major and minors,” explains Lucker, who has been responsible for coordinating volunteers and fundraising and organizing conventions, among other duties, as he explores the behind-the-scenes of politics. Lucker, a Connecticut native, is an international relations major and economics and Spanish double minor.
“The Connecticut Republican Party headquarters supported all Republican candidates leading up to the state GOP primary on August 14,” says Lucker. “Now, I will work directly with those Republican candidates who made it past the primary.”
HWS networking helped Lucker land his internship. “I found the internship at Connecticut Republicans through William Smith alumna Gretchen Webster,” said Lucker. Webster ’74 currently resides in Connecticut and works with the Salisbury Center for Career Services and Professional Development to help students from the tri-state region find internships.
“I like to keep an open mind regarding potential career paths, so I am unsure whether or not I would like to pursue a post-graduate career in politics,” says Lucker. “Regardless, I have learned a tremendous amount about all the work that takes place in politics behind the scenes; I have learned to appreciate all the work that goes into planning Republican events, debates, and communicating with the media.”
He has also learned more about the political landscape and distribution of party voting in his home state. He explains, “Although Connecticut would certainly be considered a ‘blue state,’ most towns in Connecticut are in fact ‘red towns’ and the large cities (i.e. Hartford, Bridgeport, Norwalk, and New Haven) are the ‘blue communities’ that make Connecticut a Democratic state.”