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June 1, 2010

La Salle University Student Erin Carroll to Intern in Washington, D.C. Office of Congressman Patrick Murphy, Study at Georgetown University This Fall as Part of Capital Semester Program

Erin Carroll

Erin Carroll, a political science major at La Salle University, will intern next fall in the Washington, D.C. office of U.S. Congressman Patrick Murphy while taking classes at Georgetown University as part of the Capital Semester program. Only 51 students from the U.S. and overseas were chosen to participate.

“I've always been interested in politics, and I honestly can't imagine doing anything else,” said Carroll, a sophomore from Oreland, Pa. “I love my major and what I study. I think part of my love of politics is that it is always changing, and there is always something more to learn. I feel very passionate about many of today's important issues, and I feel that political science really is the best field for me.”

She said, “The opportunity to study at one of the country's top universities while interning in the most politically active city in the country was too amazing to pass up. The doors that will be opened for me by studying in Washington, D.C. are endless, and I know that this will impact my future in so many positive ways.” 

Congressman Murphy represents the 8th Congressional District in Pennsylvania. An Iraq war veteran, he was first elected to Congress in 2006.

To apply, Carroll submitted transcripts, a resume, two letters of recommendation, and three essays. “The first essay was a topical essay on what I thought was the most important economic, political or social issue facing the country. I chose to write about the use and abuse of the welfare system. I also wrote a ‘Statement of Purpose’ describing my reasons for applying and what I thought would be best for myself concerning internship placement. The last essay I wrote was for a scholarship to the program, and I was granted $3,500 towards it,” she said.

Carroll was then interviewed by the program coordinator over the phone. “It lasted 15 minutes, and I was asked questions about my extra-curricular activities, classes, and what I hoped to gain from the program,” she said. She will live in a furnished residential building for the internship.

At La Salle, Carroll is a tour guide for the Admissions Office and is a student host for high school students who are considering applying to the University. She is also a member of the Project on Justice and the La Salle Mock Trial team. 

The Capital Semester Program is designed for undergraduate students interested in U.S. politics, American government, or journalism. Capital Semester interns attend exclusive briefings at various sites around Washington, such as the White House Complex, the U.S. Capitol, and the State Department. Students meet leaders and government officials, hear from policymakers at guest lectures, and interact with D.C. professionals through networking events.