Klinker-Alting Internship Announced

Last Friday at the LUM Ray Ewry Youth Center, Joe Micon, LUM executive director, announced the establishment of the LUM Klinker-Alting Family Advocacy Internship.

{Pictured L to R: Susan Brouillette, Sheila Kinker, Joe Micon, Ron Alting, Allison Wong & Lori Sparger, Purdue College of Liberal Arts}

The internship was created in collaboration with the Purdue College of Liberal Arts and recognizes the enduring and substantial contributions State Representative Sheila Klinker and State Senator Ron Alting have made, and continue to make, in supporting legislation
that empowers and eases the burden on Hoosier families. At the event, Representative Klinker & Senator Alting were recognized, offered remarks and were introduced to the first intern, Allison Catherine Wong.  

Ally (Pleasanton, CA) is a senior and will graduate in May with majors in History and Philosophy and a minor in Political Science. Her experience as an undergraduate policy fellow and Student Ambassador for the Purdue College of Liberal Arts helped qualify her for the internship. Ally also has practical public policy experience through her previous internships with California Congressman, Eric Swalwell, the Tippecanoe County Assessor’s Office, Pleasanton California Downtown Association, the Indiana State Senate, Politics of Appearance, the Purdue Center for the Environment, and the Diversity and  Inclusion Project. Ally shared,

“I am so thankful for the opportunity to work as an intern, named after Senator Alting and Representative Klinker. Under the leadership of Susan Brouilette,
I know that the Campaign for Hoosier Families will continue to grow and support low income families throughout Indiana, and I am proud to have been a part of this organization.”

The Klinker-Alting Family Advocacy Internship is open to juniors and seniors who are enrolled and in good academic standing with the College of Liberal Arts at Purdue and runs from November through April. The merit-based internship provides students with practical, hands-on learning of the political process. Included with the internship is a $500 stipend provided by LUM. The Klinker-Alting Intern works with the director of the LUM Social Justice Ministry, Susan Brouillette.

Lafayette Urban Ministry Executive Director Joe Micon shared,

“The internship is as much about who the legislators are as it is about what they have done.  Representative Klinker and Senator Alting are about integrity in public service.  Their hearts and souls are so invested in improving the lives of  their constituents and of Hoosiers in general.  They believe public service is still an honorable thing and for years have personally sacrificed so much in order to make life better for all of us.  They don’t care who gets the credit for a good idea and they’re not the least motivated by partisanship.
I hope that every Purdue student who is awarded this internship will take the time to learn a little bit about the wonderful legacy of public service that Sheila and Ronnie have given us.”

More information about the internship may be found HERE.

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