Destiny Brown of Austin, a political science major at Angelo State University, has been selected for the ASU Political Science and Philosophy Departmentâ€™s 2020 Government and Public Service Internship Program in Washington, D.C.
If the status of the COVID-19 pandemic permits, Brown will spend the upcoming fall semester working as an intern for a member of the U.S. Congress. Each previous year, ASU interns had worked in the office of Congressman Michael Conaway. But with Conawayâ€™s pending retirement, the congress member Brown will intern with will be decided at a later date.
During her internship, Brown 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. She will also earn six ASU credit hours in political science.
â€śI am blessed to have this opportunity,â€ť Brown said. â€śFrom this experience, I hope to gain more knowledge on the inner workings of Congress. I feel like this will better prepare me for the world I will enter as an influencer in law. I stand on the principles of racial and gender equality and want to know how these are being expressed in legislation.â€ť
â€śI also feel like this opportunity will shape me as a person in learning how to better interact with diverse people and opinions,â€ť she added. â€śKnowing how to work with different perspectives will elevate my communication and leadership skills. It is also a matter of developing connections that may open doors for the future. This experience is an opportunity to learn and grow, and I cannot wait to start.â€ť
A regular on the ASU Deanâ€™s List, Brown holds a 3.78 grade point average and is also active outside the classroom. She conducts research on San Angeloâ€™s African-America community through the ASU West Texas Collection, helping chronicle the history of that community in the region. She has also worked to increase campus involvement with local minority communities.
Also president of ASUâ€™s student chapter of the NAACP, Brown has held a variety of leadership positions in ASUâ€™s Sigma Kappa sorority and plays for the Rambelle Rugby club team.
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.