GENEVA, NY-Jonathan Shank, of Rumford, R.I., a junior at Hobart College, is working this summer as an intern in Congressman Patrick Kennedy's Rhode Island office. The political science and history major has done legislative work such as writing press releases, answering phones, and writing letters to Kennedy's constituents.
Shank has been gearing up for this opportunity for some time. While at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, he has written a dissertation on Congressman Kennedy and used Rhode Island, his home state, as a case study for an urban politics class project.
“I think working with Congressman Kennedy's staff to try and make the state of Rhode Island a better place for the people who live here is extremely rewarding. This is a very interesting and exciting experience, and I am working as hard as I possibly can to make the most out of it,” Shank said.
While at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Shank has been active in community service projects such as an annual Day of Service with the Geneva community. He is a brother at the Sigma Chi fraternity, who sponsor many of the service projects at Hobart and William Smith.
Through the Colleges off-campus programs, Shank will spend the spring semester in Los Angeles under a program being run by Hobart and William Smith Political Science Professor Craig Rimmerman. While also taking courses, he will intern either at CNN or the Los Angeles Times covering politics.
Shank is the son of Dr. Peter and Kathleen Shank, of Rumford. He is a 1998 graduate of Moses Brown School in Providence, R.I., and a 1999 graduate of the Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor, Conn.
Hobart and William Smith Colleges are coordinate, private, liberal arts institutions, located in Geneva, N.Y. The Colleges, which have a combined enrollment of 1,800, offer a remarkably broad array of majors and minors, with a cross-disciplinary flavor intended to better inform both professional and intellectual pursuits. The Colleges are noted also for an ambitious emphasis on international study, and for their programs in community service. Hobart College for men and William Smith College for women share faculty, facilities, and curriculum, but maintain separate dean's offices, athletic programs, student governments, and traditions.