Winthrop University: West Forum - Internships


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.

2022 South Carolina Chamber of Commerce Intern

Joseph Yakabowskas

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Joseph is a double major in economics and political science from Concord, NC. He is a member of the Omicron Delta Epsilon Honor Society, and plans to pursue a Masters in economics after graduating from Winthrop.








2022 South Carolina Realtors Association Intern

Abigail Perito

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Abigail is a political science major with a minor in professional writing from Murrells Inlet, SC. Her goal after graduation is to continue to promote education for a sustainable and peaceful global community. She has written for The Johnsonian and interned at the SC Biomass Council, and is currently active in the Students of Environmental Actions Coalition and the College Panhellenic Council.





2020 West Forum Intern

Deborah Feldmann (Debs)

DebDeborah Feldmann (Debs) is a graduate student in the Master of Liberal Arts program. She graduated from Winthrop in 2017 as a post-traditional student with a major in Psychology and a minor in Art History. Debs is married and has two high-schoolers. After bringing up her boys, she recently resumed her accounting career, taking a position at the Palmetto School in Rock Hill, and volunteering in the Habitat for Humanity finance department in Charlotte. As an immigrant and new citizen (originally from the UK), Debs is interested in the American political process, signing up to be a voting poll worker and campaigning as an activist for legislative change. After graduate school, Debs plans to continue her work, volunteerism, and activism in the local area. 



2020 South Carolina Chamber of Commerce Intern

Hannah Lackey

HannahHannah Lackey is from San Antonio, Texas. She is a business administration major with a concentration in marketing and a minor in entrepreneurship. Hannah has been a member of the Winthrop Eagles Division I volleyball program all 4 years. Hannah has volunteered every fall at local elementary schools to read to children and teach them about the importance of staying active. She plans on pursuing a career in marketing specializing in business strategies and helping local businesses.



To see previous interns, please check out the Intern Archive page.

Last Updated: 5/17/22