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John C. West Forum on Politics and Policy


The West Forum sponsors an annual internship with a government agency or other political organization. The internship is available in spring semester, and it is open to all Winthrop University graduate and undergraduate students, regardless of field of study. Applications for the internships are available each fall semester. The West Forum intern receives a cash reward from the West Forum and may also receive academic credit for the internship.

 Internship Poster fall 2014


2014 West Forum Intern

Sarah Cohen

 Sarah Cohen

Sarah Cohen is a dual major studying political science and philosophy and religion. She is from North Augusta, SC. On campus she has served as president of the political science honors society Pi Sigma Alpha and vice president of the ONE campaign at Winthrop. Sarah has also been very active in the Model United Nations program. Sarah has also worked as an intern for Senator Lindsey Graham. Sarah volunteers at Catawba Care and is on the HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Board there. She has received the Mary Jean Byrd Award for Civic Engagement. Sarah hopes to one day work in a non-profit organization advocating for the rights of women and children.



2013 WestGarvin, Kambrell- large Forum Intern

Kambrell Garvin

Kambrell Garvin is a political science major from Columbia, SC. Kambrell has served as the chair of the Council of Student Leaders for 2011-12 and 2012-13, and he is the student representative to the Winthrop Board of Trustees. He is also a former State President of the South Carolina NAACP Youth and College Division. He has also been active in various community service projects, including Adopt-a-Freshman, Adopt-a-Highway, Relay for Life and Project Rebound. In 2012, Kambrell initiated a campus-wide voter registration drive through the Council of Student Leaders that resulted in to over 1,000 Winthrop students registering to vote. After graduation in May 2013, Kambrell intends to attend law school.






2012 West Forum Intern

Sydney Evans

Evans, Sydney








Sydney Evans is a political science major from Summerville, SC. On campus, she has served as the representative to the Quality Enhancement Plan Selection Committee, Library Committee, Vice President of the Theta Sigma Chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity, and two terms as Winthrop’s student body president. Sydney also has been active in the Rock Hill community serving as the only student selected to assist in creating the Winthrop - City of Rock Hill College Town Action Plan. She is a three time recipient of the Dr. Dorothy Jones Award and most recently received the Joe B. Lanford Scholarship and Internship with the City of Rock Hill. Her future plans include working in public administration and pursuing a MBA.


Glen, Courtney2011 West Forum Intern

Courtney Glen

While at Winthrop, Courtney Glenn was a political science major minoring in international studies with a focus on Latin America. On campus, she was an active member of the Multicultural Student Council, Spanish Club, and Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. Courtney graduated from Winthrop in May 2011 with plans to pursue a graduate degree in Public Policy.





2010 West Forum Intern

Rachel Luellen

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Rachel Luellen (pictured on left), originally from Charleston, South Carolina, transferred to Winthrop in the spring of 2009 from Trident Tech; where she was on the dean's list for all four semesters. While at Winthrop, Rachel majored in business with a focus on international business. After graduating from Winthrop, Rachel planned to pursue a law degree.



Sandel, Cali2009 West Forum Intern

Cali Sandel

Cali Sandel, a political science major from Lexington, SC, was the inaugural West Forum intern. After graduating Cum Laude from Winthrop in August of 2009, Cali began the Masters in Public Administration program at Clemson University and currently has a 4.0 GPA. Cali worked for the Town of Fort Mill on a variety of projects, including annexation and fire protection, and she conducted interviews concerning storm water drainage for the Engineering Director. Her future plans include working on international policy issues in Washington DC.