High school interns learn politics firsthand
JANESVILLE Four Janesville high school seniors-to-be began learning about state politics and policy firsthand this week in the 2012 Cullen Summer Internship program.
This year's interns are Natalie Arriaga and Connor Sheedy from Craig High School, and Felicia Arambula and John Muetz from Parker High School.
Arambula is working in the office of Rep. Andy Jorgensen, D-Fort Atkinson, Arriaga with Sen. Bob Jauch, D-Poplar; Muetz with Sen. Neal Kedzie, R-Elkhorn; and Sheedy with Sen. Dale Schultz, R-Richland Center.
The program, entering its ninth consecutive year, is wholly funded by Tim and Barb Cullen of Janesville Township. Tim is a Democratic state senator.
The program provides a summer intern experience with legislators in their state Capitol offices for four Janesville School District high school students each summer before they begin their senior year.
The interns also meet with state, local and federal leaders and officials to further their understanding of government at all levels. The Cullen program provides a stipend for the interns in lieu of a summer job.
The program concludes July 20 with a reception for parents and relatives, Janesville school officials and legislators during which interns share their summer experiences.
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