Political Science major and African American Studies minor Sarah Nesbit will participate in the highly selective Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s (CBCF) Congressional Internship Program on Capitol Hill this summer. Offering three distinct internship programs, CBCF’s mission is to “prepare college students and young professionals to become principled leaders, skilled policy analysts, and informed advocates by exposing them to the processes that develop national policies and implement them from Capitol Hill to federal field offices.” The program will provide Nesbit with housing, a stipend, internship placement, and various networking opportunities. For eight weeks, she will intern with a U.S. Representative participating in bill writing, policy research, the legislative process, skills workshops, and formal events.
Among other requirements, the application process requires a demonstrated interest in public service, governance, or policy making; leadership and community service participation; and strong writing skills. Nesbit serves on the College of Charleston Honor Board, as a Student Ambassador for the Office of Admissions, and Vice-President of her sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha. She previously served as a Junior Senator and the Campus Diversity Liaison for the Student Government Association. Sarah facilitated the first diversity town hall at the college, which served as an open forum for minority students to voice their concerns and desire for change to administration officials. Nesbit is also active in the area of community service. Within her sorority, she has organized community cleanups and backpack drives for middle and high school students, helped educate college students about health-related issues at informational events, and taught minority children in her hometown and Charleston classical ballet. Nesbit credits Dr. Lynne Ford’s “Women and Politics” and Dr. Valerie Frazier’s “African American Literature” classes in enhancing her writing skills.
Interested in the juvenile justice system, Nesbit aspires to pursue a graduate degree in public policy or education law before earning her law degree. Her ultimate goal is to become a judge.
Nesbit is the second political science major to be selected for this prestigious internship. Trevor Jones participated in the CBCF Internship Program in 2016.