This spring, while Kees Nordin ’13 spent mornings “running suicides” and doing football drills with his teammates, he spent his afternoons researching and cold-calling in an attempt to get his feet into the political world. His diligence paid off as he was rewarded an internship with Congressman Jay Inslee (D-WA), of the first congressional district of Washington.
The Goshen, Kentucky native is living with relatives on Bainbridge Island, but spends his days in Seattle. At 6:30 every morning, a bus, a ferry and more buses await him as he joins the flood into downtown Seattle. He was recently assigned to create a brochure of the different grants provided by the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Education, National Institutes of Health, and Environmental Protection Agency. His responsibilities also include communicating with constituents and answering any questions or addressing concerns they may have.
“From this internship, I hope to increase my exposure to a congressional office,” says Nordin. ” I wanted to experience a local district office before jumping into the D.C. atmosphere to be sure I was equipped with the necessary experience to excel when I get to D.C.”
Though he still has more than a semester to decide, he’s certain he’ll major in English and political science. “The classes that have probably helped me most are my English courses. The ability to write clear and concise documents has proven to be beneficial,” he explains, adding, “My political science courses have enabled me to understand some of the policies being discussed.”