Three political science majors awarded aid to intern in nation’s capital

photos of award recipients against capitol building in DC

clockwise from left: Austin Perea, Ashley Rennebu, Alexandra Priest

Three UNH political science students have been awarded merit-based aid to attend The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars in Washington, DC, this spring. The aid is intended to support housing and other living expenses.

Alexandra Priest of Derry, NH, received both a Civic Engagement Award from The Washington Center and a NH State Society Scholarship. She will be interning at NH Senator Jeanne Shaheen’s office. Priest was president of the UNH College Democrats and is now president of the NH College Democrats. “While I’m down in DC, I will still be involved with NH by working for NH constituents in Senator Shaheen’s office,” says Priest.

Austin Perea, also of Derry, NH, received the Diversity Leadership Award from The Washington Center. Perea has a stellar academic record and was Hall Council President of his residence hall last year. He is anxiously awaiting the location of his internship placement.

Ashley Rennebu of Rochester, NH, received a Pi Sigma Alpha Scholarship from the Washington Center and a NH State Society Scholarship. Rennebu will be interning with the Peace Corps Returned Volunteer Service, which provides career and transitional support for volunteers who have completed their service. Rennebu is a member of the National Political Science Honor Society, the National Criminal Justice Honor Society, and the Golden Key International Honor Society, and was recently inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. She is an active member of the UNH Student Senate.

The Washington Center is an independent, nonprofit organization serving hundreds of colleges and universities in the United States and other countries by providing selected students challenging opportunities to work and learn in Washington, D.C., for academic credit. The largest program of its kind, The Washington Center has 70 full-time staff and more than 50,000 alumni, many of whom are in leadership positions in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

UNH provides information, assistance, and encouragement to students of any major interested in attending The Washington Center. For more information, visit

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