HIGH POINT, N.C., July 24, 2012 – High Point University student Ameer Patel is electing for top-notch political experience this summer as a student intern for Elisabeth Motsinger for Congress.
As the social media director and message development aide for the Elizabeth Motsinger for Congress Headquarters in downtown Winston-Salem, Patel is responsible for managing the group’s Facebook and Twitter pages, as well as drafting emails to assist fundraising, grassroots organizations and volunteer opportunities.
Patel, a political science major, says that this internship is providing valuable hands-on experience for the future in the most current and advanced form of political campaigning.
Spending the summer in the political realm has also allowed Patel the opportunity to meet prominent political figures, including Gov. Bev Perdue and Vice President Joe Biden.
“Message development in a campaign means carefully articulating words and theories to match your audience and/or to compel your audience,” says Patel. “Social media platforms are the most effective 21st century way to spread your message.”
A native of Winston-Salem, Patel recognizes how the transitions and expansions in the campaign since its early stages have brought insight into the changing methods of campaigning.
“My dealing with social media has brought insight on the changing methods of a campaign,” says Patel. “With every passing election cycle, campaigns are relying more heavily on social media for name recognition, fundraising, voter turnout, and communication.”
He notes that without his coursework in the Political Science Department at HPU, his internship opportunity would not have been possible.
“Classes like American Politics, American Political Institutions, Survey Research Center Practicum and Enduring Issues in Political Thought have given me knowledge that I can apply to my internship,” says Patel. “Many of these classes have given me a unique type of inside that not many courses can offer.”
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