Political Science

Networking Events for Statehouse Civic Scholars

This unique internship program provides the scholars with numerous networking opportunities to meet and exchange information with some of Ohio statewide officers, legislators, top lobbyists, and many more officials.

Previous networking events included:

  • Dinner with Columbus’s top lobbyists and numerous Statehouse legislators
  • Tour of the Governor’s residence and Heritage garden, followed by lunch with former Governor Bob Taft and former Ohio first lady Hope Taft
  • Interactive meeting with Secretary of State and UD alumnus Jon Husted
  • Personal Statehouse tour led by Senator Richard Finan, UD alumnus and former President of the Senate
  • Tour of the Franklin County Board of Elections
  • Tour of Riverside Methodist Hospital and lunch with OhioHealth’s Vice President of Government Affairs and UD alumnae,  Shawna Bosse Davis
  • Reception at the Athletic Club with Ohio legislators, Statehouse Civic Scholar alumni, and internship hosts.

Students reflect on networking in Columbus

"Even if you are not looking for a position in government, this experience provides amazing networking opportunities with accomplished and often entertaining individuals and a way to build upon your personal skills while enjoying the landscape of Ohio's great capital Columbus."

— Andy Kurzhals, 2012 Statehouse Civic Scholar

"It was an honor to have Governor and Mrs. Taft accompany us on a tour of the Governor’s residence and beautiful gardens. Being from Columbus, it was so neat to hear all the stories and history about the mansion from people who actually lived there!"

 Ashley Merino, 2012 Statehouse Civic Scholar

What are they saying about the program?

"I couldn't have asked for a better internship experience working at the office of Secretary of State Husted. Every day I was doing real work and have been able to use the knowledge I've gained about the election process to help my friends and family better understand it and participate. I was continually impressed with the skill and dedication of every person in the office to a simple and fair elections process."

— Emily Bright, 2012 Statehouse Civic Scholar


Department of Political Science

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Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 1425