Learning by example: local student spends summer with state politician

Learning by example: local student spends summer with state politician

A Madison County native just completed an internship with U.S. Senator Richard Shelby.

Blake Early is the son of John and Connie Earley of Hazel Green.

While in Washington, Blake corresponded with constituents, assisted with government research, conducted tours of the Capitol building, and received Congressional Research Service Certification.  In addition, Blake attended a hearing at the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Development.

Blake said, "Working in Senator Shelby's office in Washington, D.C. has been an unbelievable experience.  Receiving a first-hand look at how our government functions has been exciting and will prove beneficial as I work towards my degree in political science."

Blake attends the University of Alabama at Birmingham where he is pursuing a double-major in political science and history.

Senator Shelby said, "The Congressional Internship Program is an important compliment to these students' academic studies. Their experiences help bring to life what they have studied in the classroom.  The internship fosters a fuller, richer understanding of our government's legislative process, while providing a first-hand view of public service."

Senator Shelby's Congressional Internship Program is open to college students who exhibit an interest in government and public service.