As the 2016 presidential candidates debate national security, Rotimi Adeoye ’18 is seeing his work as a political affairs intern with the Truman National Security Project take center stage.
“Working with Truman was a great experience,” says Adeoye, an international relations major who spent the summer of 2015 working for the national security leadership non-profit in Washington, D.C. “Watching some of America’s top foreign policy leaders and political strategists make decisions concerning our lives was truly humbling. I learned a great deal about the importance of public service, and what it’s like working in the field.”
The Truman Project unites next-generation veteran, political and policy leaders to develop and advance solutions to the global challenges Americans now face. According to its website, the organization operates under the belief that “America must continue to build and empower an international community of free people and just societies, defend that way of life when necessary, and offer that opportunity to all.”
As one of the youngest interns to work with the Truman Project, Adeoye took on a full agenda of responsibilities and daily assignments centered on foreign policy and legislative research. Hoping to pursue a career in government law or foreign relations, Adeoye was able to sit in on hearings on Capitol Hill, helped draft political strategy for the organization and edited information packets for Truman Project members and leaders.
“One of my favorite moments from the internship was sitting in on a speech Vice President Joe Biden gave to Truman members about the importance of diplomacy and congratulating them on their hard work,” says Adeoye.
He discovered the opportunity to intern with Truman during the summer of 2014, when he worked as an organizing fellow on Kevin Strouse’s grassroots campaign for U.S. Congress. Recognizing Adeoye’s interest in foreign policy and law, Strouse, a veteran and Truman Project member, recommended that he apply for the summer internship.
Adeoye says he had to be prepared “to write and articulate a lot of dense, and often times complex information” during his Truman Project internship. “HWS, especially my first-year experience in the Sustainable Living Learning Community and the class ‘Consuming the World,’ helped develop my writing and research skills needed for my internship,” he adds.
On campus, Adeoye is the vice president of HWS Votes and a member of the Colleges’ Debate Team.
“Rotimi’s passion, initiative and determination are a true representation of a Hobart and William Smith student,” says Ami Cammarota Ford ’00, assistant director of employer development for the Salisbury Center for Career, Professional and Experiential Education. “With two outstanding internships already on his resume, Rotimi has demonstrated his passion, leadership skills, and work ethic. We are excited to see what he does next.”