Senior Political Science student Matt Lindenmuth ’17 CLAS is working as an intern this summer with the Democratic National Committee in Washington, DC.
Where are you originally from?
I'm from Woodstown, New Jersey, a tiny town in South Jersey. Most people have never heard of it. Fun fact, we have the nation's longest running rodeo.
Why did you want to work with the Democratic National Committee?
I found the internship though other work with the Democratic Party. I wanted to work here because I was interested in the day to day workings of the party and, this being an election year, I figured this would be where all the action is.
How has your education in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences prepared you for your internship?
My education from CLAS has really helped develop me into a well-rounded person so being able to be flexible in any situation is an asset I've developed. Also, the Political Science department has helped prepare me to have a lot of knowledge in my field. Any classes with Dr. John Johannes and Dr. Eric Lomazoff have been memorable for me because of how involved students are in class discussion. My favorite classes are where we can bounce ideas off of each other and the professor.
What is your role with the DNC and what are some of your responsibilities?
I work with in the Office of the Secretary. For the election we are in charge of all of the delegates going to the Democratic Convention. I also write policy memos and track super delegates.
What are your thoughts on the 2016 election?
I find it fascinating how candidates from both parties have brought in millions of people who normally wouldn't have been involved in the primaries. I'm also interested to see how this major influx of new voters alters the policy views of each party.
How did you become interested in politics?
When I was in elementary school my Dad ran for local office. Growing up and seeing him in politics first got me interested, and then growing up and maturing as a person, wanting to make a positive difference for my community added onto my initial interest.
Have you had any other internships or jobs in politics?
I've worked on a few congressional campaigns, a lobbying firm, and last summer I worked in Senator Cory Booker's office.