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.
2017 West Forum Intern
John Clemens is an Economics major and Political Science minor. He serves as an officer for the Winthrop University Student Veterans Organization and is a member of the Sigma Tau Honor Society. Additionally, he is a member of the College of Business Administration Student Advisory Board. John is originally from Texas and moved to Rock Hill in 2015 after retiring from the U.S. Air Force and a 12-year stint in Northern Virginia with a defense contractor. He is married (Diane) with three grown children (Jonathan, Kelly, Cody) and one still at home (Emily). He comes to Winthrop University as a post-traditional student with an eye toward volunteerism and serving the community at the local level after graduation.
2016 West Forum Intern
Casey Espich is a History major and Political Science and Social Sciences double minor. He is currently serving as president of Phi Alpha Theta, the History Department's Honors Society. Casey also received the inaugural Jason H. Silverman Scholarship from the history department in 2015. Originally from Florence, Kentucky, he moved to Rock Hill in 2007. Casey transferred from York Technical College in 2013 and has since been active in organizing campus events that are aimed toward relating historical events to present contexts. He married his wife, Anna (Class of '09), in 2010, and they are expecting their first child in December of 2015.
2015 West Forum Intern
Morgan Gleason is a Family Consumer Science
major with a concentration in adolescent studies and a minor in psychology. She
transferred to Winthrop University in fall 2014 from Florida State College in
Jacksonville, Florida. She has become involved with the Social and Behavioral
Research Lab and is currently serving as the Vice President of the Wini-Facs
Club at Winthrop. She is interested in
the political process and intends to work with struggling military families
when she graduates.
2014 West Forum Intern
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 West Forum Intern
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 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.
2011 West Forum Intern
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 (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.
2009 West Forum Intern
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.