Alexander Appoints Rapides Natives as Summer Interns in Washington Office

June 21, 2010

U.S. Rep. Rodney Alexander and Anne Allen

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Rodney Alexander, R-Quitman, is pleased to announce that Anne Allen and Matthew Johnson, both natives of Rapides Parish, have joined his Washington, D.C. staff for a part of the summer.

This internship is an excellent opportunity to receive a direct glimpse into how our federal government operates, while at the same time exploring the different aspects of public service. Allen and Johnson will handle a wide variety of legislative tasks, such as attending congressional committee hearings, performing legislative research, and assisting staff with drafting constituent letters and briefing documents.

Allen, a 2009 alumnus of Bolton High School, is the daughter of Eric and Grace Allen. In the fall, she will begin her studies at the Pratt Institute for Graphic Design after spending her freshman year at New York University. She recently began her month-long internship in Alexander’s congressional office, an experience Allen says she values.

“I have enjoyed working on Capitol Hill this summer. The opportunities I have had to explore the U.S. Capitol building, attend briefings, meet new people, and learn how our government operates has been a truly memorable experience,” said Allen.

Johnson, a 2008 graduate of Pineville High School, is the son of Mike and Sheila Johnson. After finishing his internship, he will return to Samford University in Birmingham, Ala., where he is majoring in public administration. As a prospective law school student, Johnson enjoys this insider’s view of the legislative branch of government.

“This internship has brought a unique opportunity to experience the legislative process first hand. I have enjoyed interacting with constituents who are concerned with the current political direction of the federal government,” said Johnson.

Alexander was pleased to have Allen and Johnson join his staff for the summer.

“I was delighted to learn of Anne’s interest in serving as an intern,” said Alexander. “With her enthusiasm, intelligence and commitment to reaching her goals, my staff and I are definitely fortunate to have her on our team.”

“Matt has already proven to be a hard-working and intelligent young man,” said Alexander. “He is especially beneficial during this busy time on Capitol Hill, as he’s able to hit the ground running with any task he is given.”

U.S. Rep. Rodney Alexander and Matthew Johnson

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