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HPU Senior Lands Prestigious Internship With Heritage Foundation

02.17.2009

HIGH POINT, N.C., Feb. 17, 2009 – Jacqueline Kicherer, a senior majoring in political science at High Point University, is networking with some of the country’s leading policy-makers in Washington, D.C., by interning as a research assistant at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative research and analysis think tank.
 
Kicherer, a native of Maryland, says she has been honing her research and writing skills for policy departments by gathering information and writing political blogs for the organization?s Web site. She also works in the bookstore, where she assists with clerical duties and distributes Heritage publications.
 
“In addition to office tasks and clerical work, I am learning the mechanics of how a nonprofit organization functions,” Kicherer said. “I am really learning a lot.”
 
As the internship progresses, Kicherer will have the opportunity to attend lectures, meet political leaders and work in different parts of D.C.

“In the coming weeks, we are taking trips to both the Capitol and the Pentagon, and I am meeting with Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, R-Md.,” she said. “The opportunities available for interns here are limitless.”
 
“This is a remarkable opportunity to network with some of Washington?s leading thinkers and policy-makers,” said Dr. Mark Setzler, chair and assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at HPU. “It is an especially valuable experience for someone who will be graduating and looking for professional employment this coming May.”
 
Kicherer says she will seek full-time employment with the Heritage Foundation once her internship ends May 1.
 
At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in a fun environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with more than 3,400 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 50 countries and more than 40 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report No. 5 among comprehensive universities in the South and No. 1 in its category among up-and-coming schools. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 6 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” The university offers 66 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and seven graduate-degree majors. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at www.highpoint.edu.
 

Chris DudleyVice President for Administration336-841-4530cdudley@highpoint.edu

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