Anderson University alumna Brooke Mark is proof that hard work can lead to opportunities. The 22-year-old from Leesburg, Ind., graduated from AU this past December and moved on to a prestigious full-time, paid internship with the Indiana General Assembly House Republican Caucus.
While at AU, Mark studied history, political science and English. She now uses all of these skills while working under the guidance of Legislative Assistant Caitlin Gamble. Gamble deals directly with three representatives: Matt Bell, District 83; Bill Davis, District 33; and Phyllis Pond, District 85. “I get to communicate with constituents, prepare the representatives’ calendars and manage their daily schedules,” said Mark. “In addition, I get to watch committee hearings and organize bills that will be heard daily on the House floor.” [Photo to Left: Alumna and House Republican Caucus Intern Brooke Mark looks over schedules with Indiana Representative Phyllis Pond, District 85. Photo courtesy of Brooke Mark]
The daily atmosphere in Mark’s office is hectic due to the Indiana General Assembly’s shorter session this year. While this impacts the legislation, this also impacts Mark’s experience. “The internship typically goes until the end of May, but mine will end mid-March at the end of session,” said Mark.
However, her hard work has paid off. “This internship with the Republican Caucus has led to another paid internship with the House Republican Campaign Committee,” said Mark. This next internship picked at the end of this session mid-March and will last until the November 2010 election. Mark has high hopes for herself after November to either find a job at the state house or within the Republican Party.
AU Associate Professor of Political Science Dr. Michael Frank believes she has what it takes to succeed. “Given that there are more applicants than positions available, the fact that Brooke was chosen for this internship speaks highly of her abilities,” said Frank. Mark also notes AU Associate Professor of History Dr. Joel Shrock as another helpful mentor. “They advised me in my academic decisions and helped me determine which paths would best guide my future,” said Mark.
Most of Mark’s co-workers are in their 20s and 30s, and she advises students interested in politics to apply for the offered internship opportunities. There is also a communications internship available to those students interested in news and media. Both opportunities offer current students the option of earning course credits.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2009, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the sixth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.