March 21, 2016
Lopitz, Szymanski Complete Frasure-Singleton Internship at the State Capital
Two West Virginia Wesleyan College students were selected to the Frasure-Singleton Internship program, a one-week internship at the State Capital where students assist a specific senator or delegate during the regular 60-day session. Josh Lopitz and Luke Szymanski were this year’s recipients.
Participants selected are assigned to a legislator who assists in explaining the legislative process. They attend committee meetings and public hearings where legislation and issues are extensively discussed. The students sit on the floor during the daily sessions surrounded by legislators determining the fate of the legislation, and aid the senator or delegate with issue research, constituent requests, and other legislative tasks.
Josh Lopitz, a senior communication studies major from Leonardtown, MD, shadowed Republican Senator Craig Blair of the 15th district in Beckley. Lopitz sat in on every Senate session, helping Senator Blair with his media campaign. Lopitz was tasked with writing content for the Senators’s videos that were posted to their social media accounts and YouTube.
The most memorable experience for Loptiz was interacting with the other interns of the program.
“My experience as a Frasure-Singleton Intern was truly remarkable,” he stated. “I revised speeches and helped prepare documents for committee meetings. I was able to meet great men and women of the legislature. Above all, the best part of this experience was the group of interns with whom I traveled. Who knew a total group of strangers that shared one common interest could become so influential?”
On campus, Lopitz is President of Theta Xi Faternity, discus thrower for the Track and Field team, a Wesleyan Ambassador, and a group leader for freshman orientation programs.
Luke Szymanski, a junior political science and environmental studies major and philosophy minor from Monongahela, PA, shadowed Delegate William Hartman, democrat from Randolph County, district 43. Szymanski was able to meet with different officials and learn about the nature of their positions. He sat in on House sessions and different committee meetings and was able to learn the legislative process first-hand.
Szymanski’s most memorable moment was hearing so many different perspectives on a single issue during a house session.
“I am truly grateful for my enlightening experience with the other interns during this Internship,” Szymanski stated. “Our differing views on various situations and issues were beneficial since it assisted us in gaining a well-rounded understanding of politics. Wesleyan helped prepare me with the knowledge necessary to make my experience as enriching as possible.”
He is a member of Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity.
Full-time sophomores, juniors, and seniors of all majors and disciplines from two- and four-year public and private institutions are up for consideration to the program. For more information on the Frasure-Singleton Internship program, please visis the website here.
Top Photo: Josh Lopitz stands behind the podium of Tim Armstead, speaker of the house.
Bottom Photo: Luke Szymanski works with Delegate Hartman. Photos by Perry Bennett
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