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Top 25 of 2013: Summer on the Hill

December 11, 2013

U.S. CapitolAs 2013 draws to a close, NIU Today offers a look back at 25 of the top stories from the year.

No. 20

They crossed paths with political powerhouses, such as Speaker of the House John Boehner and NIU alumnus and former Speaker Dennis Hastert.

They heard speeches from the likes of President Obama and Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. They researched legislation, sat in on congressional briefings, dealt with constituents’ concerns and gave tours of the U.S. Capitol.

For NIU’s 2013 class of Washington, D.C., interns – political science majors Jeanna Ballard, Gina Gregolunas and Jason Montemayor and Community Leadership and Civic Engagement major Amanda Insalaco – a summer on the Hill provided unparalleled experiences and scholarships from the Illinois State Society of Washington, D.C.

NIU’s highly competitive congressional internship program each summer provides students with the opportunity to live, learn and work in the heart of the nation’s capital.