Hatch Taps SUU’s Nicole Anna Frazier for Senate Internship

Published: March 26, 2007 | Read Time: 2 minutes

Southern Utah University senior Nicole Anna Frazier, 22, is walking the halls of Congress with a semester internship in the Washington, D.C., office of U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah).

"I love new challenges and adventures," Frazier said. "Whether it is taking Utahns on tours of the Capitol, visiting the Smithsonian Museums, or hitting the social events on the weekend, there are adventures everywhere."

A native of Mapleton, Utah, Frazier is studying psychology and business. She is assigned to aid Hatch's chief of staff and personal assistant. After she graduates from Southern Utah University next year, Nicole plans to work in Salt Lake while working toward an MBA and becoming a business leader.

Interns in Hatch's office help his work for Utah constituents. Exploring a variety of Capitol Hill experiences, the interns also attend press conferences, hearings, and committee meetings.

"I welcome Nicole to my D.C. office," Hatch said. "This is an exciting time to be in Washington, because so many high-profile issues are on the table right now. They get to see first-hand how Congress reacts to issues like immigration, terrorism, and the economy."

Each semester, Hatch selects interns from Utah from the dozens of students who apply for the office's few openings. Schools recommend a group of applicants to the internship program based on their grade point average, extra-curricular activities and other accomplishments, then Hatch makes the final cut. Students may also apply on their own using Hatch's website, hatch.senate.gov.

"Internships in Congress are very tough to land," Hatch said. "There is competition among the students, but there is also competition among the various organizations and offices for the best interns. It's fortunate that so many young people in Utah are eager to come here and serve their country."

An internship can be a springboard to new experiences and opportunities for students. Frazier's advice to future interns is, "I wanted an internship to network. I wanted to be a part of something greater during my time at college. For people who have the same goals, meet as many people and do as much as you can in the time you have."

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