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Political Science Major Wins Congressional Internship

August 01, 2018

Evelyn Burch, a senior at Angelo State University, has been selected for the ASU Political Science and Philosophy Department’s 2018 Government and Public Service Internship Program in Washington, D.C.

U.S. Congress Seal GraphicA political science major from Clinton, Md., Burch will spend the upcoming fall semester working as an intern for U.S. Congressman Michael Conaway, who represents the 11th Congressional District that includes San Angelo. Burch will live at the Texas Tech House with other interns from Texas Tech University and will receive an $8,000 stipend to help defray the costs of living in Washington, D.C. 

Burch is a regular on the ASU Dean’s List and a member of the Alpha Chi national honor society. She has also been active on campus in the Mock Organization of American States (MOAS) student organization and attended the 2016 Eugene Scassa MOAS (ESMOAS) Conference at Texas State University. ESMOAS is an academically-centered program that brings together the nation’s best and brightest college students to debate the issues facing the nations of North America, South America, Central America and the Caribbean. 

ASU Honors Program MedallionAlso a member of the ASU Honors Program, Burch has made research presentations at the 2016 and 2017 Great Plains Honors Council Conferences and the 2017 National Collegiate Honors Council Conference. She won a Dennis Boe Award for presenting one of the outstanding research papers at the 2017 GPHC Conference. She also represented ASU at the 2016 U.S. Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference and the 2016 Student Conference on U.S. Affairs at West Point Military Academy. 

In the summer of 2017, Burch completed a 10-week U.S. Department of Defense internship in St. Louis, Mo., and she has been named a 2017-18 Presidential Fellow by the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress in Washington, D.C. 

Launched in 2013, the ASU Government and Public Service Internship Program is open to ASU upperclassmen majoring in political science. It is designed to help participating students develop networking skills and build knowledge of public policy. Student interns also earn six credit hours in political science.