Last Saturday, the Department of Political Science celebrated the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the Wellman Hill Public Service Internship Program. The celebration party, hosted by Professors Elliot Posner (POSC) and Gillian Weiss (HSTY) at their home, was attended by our double alumna Elizabeth Hill, her father Michael Hill, Cyrus Taylor, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, members of the Wellman Hill Committee, faculty members of the Department of Political Science, and our students and former students. Alumni in the Wellman Hill Program attended, including Caroline Bass ’16, Lauren Geiser ’11, David Mattern ’10, Olivia Ortega ’16, Nandini Sharma ’12, Hannah Steele ’15, and Elizabeth Vitale ’14.
Honored at the party were this year’s Wellman Hill Internship Grant winners: Kirsten Costedio (who worked at the Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus), Koko Etokebe (who worked at the Maryland Office of the Attorney General), Kelsey Holmberg (who worked for Congressman Tim Walberg (MI-07)), Liana Kabins (who worked for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees), and Jacob Sandstorm (who worked at the Chautauqua County Office of the District Attorney).
A plaque commemorating the Wellman Hill Internship Program was unveiled at the celebration. The plaque lists all former and current Wellman Hill internship grant recipients, and will be hung in a public area of Mather House in the near future.
The Wellman Hill Public Service Internship Program honors the memory of Wellman Hill, a life-long dedicated public servant and grandfather of Elizabeth Hill,a superior court judge in San Mateo, California. Information about the internship program can be found here: http://politicalscience.case.edu/wellman-hill-grants-competition/.