Drew Chaltry – Managing Editor
This fall, one of our MVNU students is living his dream in our nation’s capital as part of the American Studies Program.
Senior political science and history major Chris Rednour is spending his semester in Washington, D.C., interning in the office of the Speaker of the House, John Boehner.
Rednour began the application process early in the summer. He figured an internship with the Speaker of the House was a “long shot,” but decided to give it a try anyway.
When he received an interview and subsequent offer, Rednour said, he was “thrilled to accept!”
Now that he’s there, Rednour’s duties consist of giving tours of the Capitol building, attending briefings and other events, sorting and redirecting mail, and performing other projects as needed, such as making deliveries or helping the staffers.
He has formally interacted with Boehner on several occasions and sees him often in passing when Congress is in session.
“He is very good about making his interns feel like a part of the team,” Rednour said.
Pretty much everything about the experience has been “amazing,” Rednour said, adding that “it never seems to get old.”
“I walk the same hallways every day in the Capitol and in the office building, but every day it is different,” he said.
“I get to bump shoulders with some of the most influential men and women in the world and, here, they are just like ordinary citizens. It isn’t the dog-eat-dog world that the media portrays.”
Rednour said he has also loved “becoming immersed in the culture, and seeing some of the most amazing history in the world every day.”
He encourages anyone who hasn’t been to Washington, D.C., to make it a priority.
“Not only is it our capital and the birthplace of the greatest nation in the world, but it is a fascinating place to experience a different type of living,” he said.
Senior Johanna Kraynak, another MVNU history and political science major, is also interning in Washington, D.C., with the program. She is working for Congresswoman Gwen Moore of Wisconsin.
When she’s not observing policy meetings or leading tours of the Capitol, Kraynak is soaking up the D.C. atmosphere.
“There are just too many fascinating people and places to experience in a lifetime, let alone a semester,” Kraynak said.