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Congressional Internship Awarded to 5 LGBT Student Leaders

Posted on: February 19, 2013

For the fifth year running, the Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute has awarded the Victory Congressional Internship to outstanding LGBT student leaders. For a semester, five students will be sent to Washington, D.C. to work for members of Congress.


Apart from their work for Congress, the five interns will also be put through intensive professional development training as well as take part in community service projects.


The winners of the congressional internship this year includes Mykell Hatcher-Mclarin of the University of Maryland, who is involved with True Colors of Maryland, an organization that works to increase conversation among colored LGBT students. Myke will be working in the office of Representative Michael Honda.


Ben Paniko is from Johns Hopkins University and will be working in the office of Representative Dan Kildee. A junior, Ben is Director of Operations for the Diverse Sexuality and Gender Alliance and was an intern for Equality Maryland.


Kenneth Stromdahl will be working in the office of Representative Mike Quigley. He is a junior at Loyola University Chicago and is Senator to the school’s Unified Student Government Association as well as a member of the Advancement Committee of Loyola’s Board of Trustees. He has also served as an intern for Chief of Staff in the Office of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.


Lauren Dow attends Missouri State University and has been co-president of Spectrum and a member of the Oversight Committee of the Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Ally College Conference. Interested in politics, Lauren was also the Volunteer Coordinator for Jim Evans’ campaign for congress. Lauren will  be serving in the office of Representative Mark Pocan.


Daniel Crotty will spend his time in the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. He is a junior at the University of Texas San Antonio, where he is founding president of the student chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). He’s also been involved with Unite Here! San Antonio.




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