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Students work as interns for US Senator

By August 29, 2017STU News
STU senior Brandon Keller with U.S. Senator Marco Rubio

STU students continue to prove their leadership skills and potential to impact the community well beyond the classroom. If you’ve recently called Senator Marco Rubio’s office or called during the summer, chances are you most likely interacted with STU students Yanelis Madrigal or Brandon Keller.

Both Yanelis and Brandon agree that interning at U.S. Senator Marco Rubio’s office is anything but average–their day-to-day work affects the lives of Florida constituents.

“There isn’t a day in which you do the same thing as the day before,” said Brandon, a political science major entering his senior year. “One day we’re talking to constituents, the next we’re writing memorandums that go to the Senator himself, meeting with federal and local agencies, and researching issues affecting constituents.”

For Yanelis, who holds an undergraduate degree from STU and is currently working toward a graduate degree in criminal justice, the experience is strengthening her understanding of local and state politics, and legal matters.

Graduate student Yanelis Madrigal began her internship at Marco Rubio’s office this fall.

“Aside from answering constituents’ calls, we also deal with a range of issues like immigration, housing and tourist visas,” said Yanelis. “And thanks to the professors at St. Thomas, who prepared me for life beyond the classroom, I have a solid foundation to build on.”

Brandon, who finished his congressional internship over the summer, has his sights set on interning at the White House. With the help of STU’s Career Services Center, he applied earlier this year and is waiting for a response.

For students interested in following in their footsteps, Brandon has some solid advice: “Never doubt your abilities. If you really want to do something, go for it!”

Both Yanelis and Brandon have plans of attending law school at St. Thomas.

For more information on internships like the one mentioned above, please visit our Career Services Center, or email Cristina Lopez, director of the Career Services Center, at

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